Arsenal to use Chelsea ace as evidence in red card appeal (not Costa)

Arsenal will ask the FA to reduce defender Gabriel’s three-match suspension by using Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic as key evidence in their appeal, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Gunners defender saw red for kicking out at Chelsea’s Diego Costa during a fiery London derby at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which the Blues won 2-0.

The Brazilian jumped to the defence of teammate Laurent Koscielny after the Frenchman was slapped by Blues striker Diego Costa in the first half, and eventually kicked out at Costa after referee Mike Dean appeared to have calmed the situation down, leading to him showing a red card to the 24-year-old.

But while Diego Costa waits to see whether the FA decide to take retrospective action for his part to play in the incident, Arsenal are preparing to appeal the length of Gabriel’s bad by using Matic as a precedent.

Matic was shown a red card for violent conduct against Burnley back in February, but had his three game ban reduced to two after Chelsea successfully argued that the “provocation” and “level of force” used in the incident was worthy of a decrease in punishment.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph claim Arsene Wenger will not face punishment from the FA for his comments towards referee Mike Dean following Saturday’s match.

The Arsenal chief was admitted his fury at Diego Costa’s behaviour during the incident that saw Gabriel sent off, and accused of Dean of being ‘naive.’

But it is being claimed by The Telegraph that the FA do not feel Wenger’s comments breached any of their rules and will not take any further action against him.