Arsenal hit with £20,000 fine for players losing their heads over Gabriel red card in controversial Man City clash

ARSENAL have been fined £20,000 for losing their heads after Gabriel was sent off vs Manchester City.

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

Arsenal were hit with an FA charge on Wednesday for 'failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion'.

The 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.

"The club has until Friday January 7 to respond."

Gabriel received his first caution after making a comment to referee Stuart Attwell after Bernardo Silva won a controversial penalty.

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

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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'.

Mere minutes earlier, furious Gunners players surrounded Attwell after he gave City’s equalising spot-kick after being recommended to view Granit Xhaka’s clash with Silva on the pitchside monitor.

Players from both sides engaged in a bout of pushing and shoving after the changed decision.

Xhaka, incandescent at being penalised, told the referee he should look again after he saw the incident replayed on the giant screens at the Emirates.

Arsenal players including Gabriel attempted to scuff up the penalty spot, although Riyad Mahrez still drilled home.

The FA is still considering action after City goalscorer Rodri and his jubilant team-mates were pelted with missiles while celebrating his injury-time winner.

GAB HAS FORM

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

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 very 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 halfway.

And both incidents occurred when Arsenal were drawing 1-1.

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

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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