Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists Ainsley Maitland-Niles wrongly sent off against Aston Villa

Maitland-Niles was sent off for a challenge on Taylor (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery believes Ainsley Maitland-Niles didn’t deserve to be sent off in Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Aston Villa.

Maitland-Niles gave Arsenal a mountain to climb in the second half after Jonathan Moss issued the youngster his marching orders for a flying challenge on Neil Taylor.

It was Maitland-Niles’ second bookable offence and Emery insisted his player did not make contact with Villa’s Taylor.

‘I was thinking we can manage,’ Emery said about the red card. ‘He didn’t touch the player.

Emery did not think it was a red card (Picture: Getty)

‘He touched the ball. We had to accept the referee’s decision.’

He added: ‘I was thinking it was not a red card.’

Arsenal were losing 1-0 when they went down to ten men, but Nicolas Pepe equalised from the spot for the Gunners in the 59th minute.

Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner (Picture: Getty)

Unfortunately, Villa hit back immediately through Wesley, just 89 seconds after Pepe’s penalty.

Arsenal were heading for another disappointing result before Calum Chambers sparked a remarkable comeback in the 81st minute.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then scored a stunning free-kick to give ten-men Arsenal all three points and fire the Gunners into fourth spot.

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