Arsenal succeed in Gibbs & Oxlade-Chamberlain appeal

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The FA have decided to rescind the red card shown to Kieran Gibbs in the game against Chelsea and will also not transfer the suspension to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Andre Mariner sent off Gibbs in the game against Chelsea on Saturday after mistaking him for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had appeared to stop a goal scoring opportunity with his hand.

The FA were expected to transfer the one-game suspension from Gibbs to the young winger but have now confirmed that neither player will serve a suspension.

A statement from the FA read: "An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect."

Although Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed to intentional try to stop the Eden Hazard's shot from going in the net, replays show the ball was clearly going wide. He, therefore, did not prevent a goal-scoring opportunity, helping the independent panel in their decision making.

Both players will be available for Tuesday's game against Swansea as the Gunners look to recover from their 6-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger has already highlighted the need for a response against the Swans and having Oxlade-Chamberlain and the defender available to him provides a major boost.

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