Arsenal have received a welcome boost ahead of their Capital One Cup clash with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with Sky Sports confirming the Gunners were successful in their appeal of Gabriel’s wrongful dismissal.
The Brazilian international received his marching orders from under-fire referee Mike Dean on Saturday against Chelsea after Gabriel’s subtle flick of the heel toward Diego Costa. But as a result of the hearing, the player’s automatic three-match suspension for violent conduct has been withdrawn making him available for Wednesday night’s tie at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea’s frontman twice struck Laurent Koscielny in the face and barged the Frenchman over in an off the ball incident missed by the match officials. Gabriel jumped in to defend his teammate and struggled to let the matter go. He reacted to Costa’s constant jibes, resulting in a prompt dismissal that impacted Arsenal’s hopes of winning the tie.
While the news is good so far for the Brazilian, Arsenal’s January signing is however faced with a separate FA charge of improper conduct in relation to the drama that unfolded at Stamford Bridge. He has until 6pm on Thursday to reply but it will not affect his involvement tomorrow evening (via Sky Sports).
To end on some even better news, it seems Diego Costa is set to face a three-match ban for his part in the incident (according to a separate Sky Sports report) – justice is just about served.