Arsenal want Gabriel ban reduced following Chelsea red card

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Arsenal are set to launch an appeal against the three-match ban that will automatically be given to Gabriel after he was sent off during Saturday's game against Chelsea, reports the Mirror.

The Gunners accept that their Brazilian centre-back deserved a straight red card from Mike Dean, but they will ask the Football Association to reduce his ban to two games.

Arsene Wenger believes Gabriel should be shown some compassion by the FA in the same way that Nemanja Matic was last season. The Chelsea midfielder saw his ban reduced from three games to two after he reacted violently to a reckless tackle from Burnley's Ashley Barnes.


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An FA commission concluded that Matic had been provoked into pushing Barnes to the ground and that he did not use great force in doing so.

Arsenal see plenty of comparison to the situation that Gabriel found himself on Saturday. The defender was goaded by Chelsea striker Diego Costa for several minutes before he kicked out at him.

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The kick, like Matic's, did not have the required force to cause Costa any harm but was simply an attempt to get the last laugh in a situation originally sparked by the controversial Blues star.

Final decision

A final decision on whether to launch an official appeal will be made when the FA release their report later today. If successful, Gabriel would be eligible to face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on October 4.

It is also reported in the same story that Wenger will escape punishment for his comments on Dean following the game. The Frenchman called the experienced referee "naive" for allowing Costa to get away with his actions.

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