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Gabriel avoided a red card.

Gabriel goes unpunished after shocking challenge on Troy Deeney

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The first-half of Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Watford had very few talking points.

A few half chances for the Gunners was all the home fans could get excited about with neither side registering a shot on target.

But the main incident occurred in the 27th minute when Arsenal centre-back Gabriel crunched into a two-footed tackle with Watford striker Troy Deeney.

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Somehow, referee Andre Marriner didn’t even give a free-kick when replays suggested that the 25-year-old surely should have seen red.

Take a look at the robust challenge here:

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Co-commentator on BT Sport Robbie Savage was adamant that Gabriel was extremely fortunate to remain on the pitch brandishing Marriner’s decision as “shocking.”

Many people on Twitter obviously agreed with the former footballer, questioning how the Brazilian was not issued a red card.

Fortunately, Deeney was able to recover from the heavy clash and continue to play for the remainder of the half.

The Gunners are looking to become the first side to win three consecutive FA Cups since Blackburn in 1886.

But they will need to improve in the second period if they are to find a way past a stubborn Watford team.

A draw, and a replay, is the last thing Arsene Wenger would want with the congested fixture schedule. His side are still competing for the league title, where they trail Leicester by eight points whilst they face Barcelona in the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Wednesday.

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Topics:
Premier League
Thierry Henry
FA Cup
Watford
Football
Arsenal
Gabriel Paulista

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