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Arsenal charged after players’ furious reaction to Gabriel’s red card in controversial defeat to Man City

ARSENAL have been hit with an FA charge for ‘failing to ensure players conducted themselves in orderly fashion’ in their 2-1 home loss to Manchester City on January 1.

It relates to the players’ reaction to Gabriel’s red card just before the hour mark.

Arsenal have been charged by the FA for their players’ reaction to Gabriel’s red card vs Man City

The Gunners have until Friday to respond.

An FA statement read: “Arsenal FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following its Premier League game against Manchester City FC on Saturday January 1.

“It is alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 59th minute.

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“The club has until Friday January 7 to respond.”

Brazilian defender Gabriel was given his marching orders in the 2-1 defeat against the Cityzens after receiving two quick bookable offences.

The 24-year-old received his first caution after making a comment to referee Stuart Attwell after Bernardo Silva won a controversial penalty.


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He was then shown his second yellow card just two minutes later after bringing down Gabriel Jesus on the halfway line just before the hour mark.

Arsenal’s players reacted in furious fashion and surrounded the referee to berate him for the decision they clearly did not think was fair.

But Gabriel’s needless foul infuriated BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand who labelled the star as ‘stupid, immature and petulant’.

In December 2020, the ex-Lille ace was sent off against Southampton at the Emirates in an almost exact replica of his City red.

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He received two yellow cards in quick succession, only this time the bookings were four minutes apart.

And the time of his sending off was also similar to his dismissal against City, as he was shown his red card in the 62nd minute.

Not only that, but the manner of both the second of yellow cards were scarily similar.

Jesus was fouled by Gabriel after the latter clattered into his compatriot just past the centre circle.

In the draw with the Saints, it was Theo Walcott that was hauled down as he spun Gabriel just past the halfway line.

Both incidents also occurred when Arsenal were drawing 1-1.

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Following the disappointing loss at the hands of City, Gabriel took to social media to declare he would DIE for the Gunners.

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He tweeted: “Hard to accept it, but only God knows everything! Proud to be part of this team!!! Amazing spirit!

“We will keep working together, fighting until the end!! For this team I will run until I die!! Let’s keep improving in 2022!!!”

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