Gabriel Paulista was expected to be facing a retrospective ban following his nasty tackle on Troy Deeney during our embarrassing FA Cup defeat against Watford, but the FA have decided against any further punishment, as reported by The Telegraph.
On first viewing the tackle didn’t look all that bad, and it just seemed like both Gabriel and Deeney had gone in pretty hard – the Watford man clearly coming off worse. Replays showed it was actually a pretty horrible two footed challenge from the Brazilian though, and consequently we were expecting a ban to be coming his way after the game.
Thankfully the FA have opted not to punish the 25-year-old, as referee Andre Marriner had a perfectly good view of the incident and chose not to even give a foul for it.
We were facing potentially three games without the former Villarreal man, but now he’ll be available for our next few Premier League games.
This won’t actually be good news for many Arsenal fans, as Gabriel’s recent performances have got large sections of the fanbase calling for him to be dropped.
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It would be great to see Laurent Koscielny back in the lineup for our upcoming fixtures, but at least Arsene Wenger has options available to him. Gabriel would have at the very least missed our clash with Everton, but now we’ll have him available if we choose to field him.