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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsenal win Gabriel appeal after red card in Diego Costa Chelsea clash

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains it was the right decision to overturn the red card against Gabriel although it ends up discrediting the work of match referee Mike Dean.

Arsenal have won their appeal against the sending off of defender Gabriel in a stormy 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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As the game approached half-time, Chelsea striker Diego Costa appeared to twice rake his hands across Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny's face before chest-bumping him to the ground.

Gabriel then came over to defend his teammate, and he and Costa received yellow cards following a confrontation.

A minute later, the Arsenal centre-back was sent off for flicking a boot at the Chelsea player.

The Gunners appealed against the decision, and published an FA statement on their official website on Tuesday confirming it had been overturned.

The statement said: "Arsenal's claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"The player's three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.

"Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct during the game against Chelsea on Saturday [19 September 2015].

"The player is currently subject to a separate FA charge of improper conduct in relation to Saturday's game and has until 6pm on Thursday [24 September 2015] to reply."

Chelsea striker Costa, who was charged with violent conduct, faces a suspension.

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