Arsenal have accepted a £20,000 fine from The FA after our players failed to act in an ‘orderly fashion’ following Gabriel’s 59th-minute red card against Manchester City.
The Brazil international was sent for an early bath after receiving two yellow cards in the space of two minutes as tensions ran high following the controversial awarding of a penalty to the visitors.
Initially booked for dissent following VAR’s intervention, the centre back then ploughed into the back of Gabriel Jesus giving referee Stuart Atwell all the ammunition he needed to further incense the angry crowd.
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Reacting to the sending off, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Alex Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu all had a bit of a moan. Gabriel was also a tad hot-tempered.
The nature of the punishment is hardly going to cause anyone at the Emirates a headache, which is probably why we accepted it, but it’s the type of incident that regularly goes unpunished by the authorities, so you can question, why us? And why this time? And will this be happening to other sides going forward?
On a separate note, Gabriel is set to serve his ban on Sunday meaning he’ll miss the FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.