Arsenal are set to be without defender Gabriel Magalhaes for just one match following the red card that he was handed in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The Brazilian defender was sent off for two bookable offences by Stuart Atwell – the first for allegedly scuffing up the penalty spot following Riyad Mahrez’s controversial spot-kick – and the second for a silly bodycheck on compatriot Gabriel Jesus.
It was just the 24-year-old’s second dismissal for Arsenal since his 2020 move from Lille established him as one of the Gunners’ first-choice centre-backs.
His absence then following the red card – and subsequent suspension – will certainly be a blow for the Gunners but it could well have been worse.
According to FA rules, Gabriel is only set to miss one match due to his sending-off being a result of two bookable offences – whilst it is only his first dismissal of the season, limiting him to just a one-match suspension.
In even better news, the defender is not set to miss a Premier League game as a result of his red card against City.
Rules state that suspensions can be served across each of the major domestic competitions – except the EFL trophy.
That means that Gabriel’s current suspension can be served during Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
He will then be available for the Gunners’ clash with Championship outfit Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, whilst he can also play in the second-leg against Liverpool, as well as the upcoming North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur in mid-January.
Following his red card on Saturday, Gabriel took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the decision and the Gunners’ eventual defeat to Pep Guardiola’s men.
He wrote: “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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