Kieran Gibbs’ bizarre dismissal has been overturned by the FA and while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was transferred the red card, his ban has been rescinded.
The Ox had handled the ball in the penalty area on Saturday in their embarrassing 6-0 loss to Chelsea, but referee Andre Marriner mistakenly dismissed left back Kieran Gibbs.
With Arsenal’s next Premier League tie against Swansea coming round quickly, a decision needed to be made and luckily for the Gunners they will have both players available on Tuesday night.
An FA statement read:
An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Subsequent to deciding this matter, the Commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain.
This claim was upheld meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect.
Good news…For once.