Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain available for Swansea


The FA have confirmed that both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are free to be selected by Arsenal for tomorrow’s game against Swansea.

Referee Andre Marriner mistakenly sent off the left-back after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s handball and after appealing both the wrongful dismissal and the red card itself, Arsene Wenger can call on both players tomorrow.

In a statement, the FA said:

An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect.

There’s still no explanation as to how Marriner came the decision he did, but we’re not holding our breath for that one, and instead we’ll be thankful our already depleted squad isn’t stretched any further.


    • No explanation is needed to know 4th official and serial cheat Anthony Taylor unsurprisingly advised on giving the penalty

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      • Spot on. The main reason they’ve seen sense….is because they know they’ve made a massive bollox of this whole thing. They need to come out and explain/own up, that Taylor had a ‘word in the ear’ of the ancient Marriner. Completely getting it wrong…but also getting it wrong in an entirely new, and fresh, way.

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    • Can’t believe it. The FA reversed a red card decision against us. They must really be feeling bad for us. Or they might have decided that they should make the right decision. Either way it’s quite unbelievable.

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      • Or they didn’t want the scandal to spread any further and they took the most logical action to snuff it out…

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        • Spot on. I was there. The ref did not see anything and pointed for a goal kick until Terry and gang appealed. He looked across to the assistant referee who was unable to assist him and the next thing I observed he is talking to someone on his headset. As the assistant referee’s lips were not moving he can only have been speaking to the fourth official, one Mr Taylor of Villa at home notoriety. As Moyes would have said, absolutely scandalous.

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      • “The FA reversed a red card against us”
        I think that’s a first. I can’t remember it happening before.
        They’ll be a flying pig in a minute… lol

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    • apparently andre mariner wanted to make sure chelsea win..he was the same fuckin ref who gave ramires dive a penalty …… this year refs have been aweful…looking back at the walcott tripped by willian..or mikel breaking arteta shin pad and not even given a yellow….fa just want chelsea or city to be champions for sure

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    • Even the F.A know we need all the men we can get. thats how terrible sunday was.

      People are talking about city as if they come first before swansea. we have a football match to win tomorrow, if we dont win! I will……..

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    • But nothing can compensate us for having to play for an hour with only 10 men against the team currently at the top of the table, just because the ref doesn’t appear to know the rules. He doesn’t even get suspended.

      Pfft. I’m just going to try and forget that Saturday ever happend.

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  1. Not sure how the Ox got away with this. But thank heavens for some good news.

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    • Apparently it’s only a red card if he denied a goal scoring opportunity, but as it was wide it would’ve only been a yellow if seen properly.

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    • They can’t retrospectively punish a player for an incident that was addressed on the field. They can rescind an incorrect decision though. If the ref had sent off the ox in the first place he would be suspended for Swansea. So in a bizarre way Marriner has done us a favour.

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      • No it’s not that, there is a rule if the shot is going in target and the player is handling the ball it is a red card, if the shot is going wide like hazard shot and the player handling the ball it is a penalty and yellow card that it’s why ox is not suspended.

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      • Arsenal appealed the “decision” as well as mistaken identidy as it wasn’t a clear goal scoring opportunity. It makes Ox’s decision to handle it even more bizarre.

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      • If history proves anything, the FA can really do whatever they want, regardless of the rules (they don’t really seem to have much of an understanding of the rules in the first place!). I sort of suspect they really just want to wash their hands of all of this and move on to something else. Suits me!

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    • he got away with it because the shot was not on net. If it was on net, they would have given the red card to the Ox and a suspension. That’s been well stated on the InterWeb.

      Either way, COYG!!! Let’s sink Swansea!

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    • He gets away with it for the sensible reason that not only did he not deny a goal or goal scoring chance but actually presented one by giving them a penalty instead of us having a goal kick. Kind of crazy really not to be rescinded when his actions do the complete opposite for which the law is intended

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  2. Referee: “Gibbs, you’re off!” Ox: “But ref, it was me!” Ref: “be quiet Walcott, or you’ll be off as well”.

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  3. I am surprised that Oxlade-Chamberlain got his suspension upheld, but I really couldn’t care less now. Good news, as long as he shows the form of 2-3 matches ago that is!


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    • I’d rather see Monreal and Gnabry given a chance against Swansea. Both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain were poor and after a game like the last I think other players deserve a start.

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    • ox wasnt suspended it was Gibbs who send off. the FA couldnt punish Ox as the ref didnt see it and gibbs got free pass as he wasnt him in the first place

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  4. Who has replaced the FA board. This is the correct decision/ thought they would normally red card the whole team

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  5. An apology would be nice.

    The decision potentially cost us points (ok maybe not!), goal difference, injuries to other players e.g. Kos due to playing 10 men for so long.

    They should come clean about who directed the ref to send Gibbs off and how that individual saw the incident, or was it just because the referee was bullied into it by the Cuntski players?

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    • Well, it might have cost us points in that it was only 2-0 up until that decision. Arguably, we could have made a comeback.

      But you are right, we were on the ropes. The manner in which we conceded those two goals gave no indication of a comeback and we were always looking at a re-run of the Liverpool game.

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      • Come on it was a ridiculous idea to handle the ball. Really poor from Oxlade chamberlain. A clever head would’ve told him to let it go in(it wasn’t ) and play with 11 players

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  6. @Jacks Right Foot. The FA upheld the claim by Arsenal that it was a wrongful dismissal, ie shouldn’t have been a red card at all. He’s not suspended. Neither of then are. Read

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  7. Great news! We really don’t need any less players at this time of the season.
    When it comes to Marriner’s decision, I feel that there’s not really a rush to exactly _why_ it happened because it’s in the past. I still think we need to know why, but it’s not really a top priority, is it?

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  8. Lucky escape but now we have to use that luck to blow Swansea away tomorrow night otherwise it’s all for nothing again. For gods sake why can’t we ever make anything easy for ourselves EVER!! We are on the cusp of FA cup victory if we beat Everton… Please don’t do a self destruct against whoever like we did against the brums. A trophy will be a good season.

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    • Blow Swansea away and use that as a warm up for Man City.

      To make any kind of statement we actually need to beat Man City, not so much for the points and the title, just to make a point.

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  9. Excellent news.
    Title still not lost. Chelski still have to play Liverpool. I think we can handle City — Ramsey and Flams in midfield for that one please. COYG

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    • Good point. Maybe Ox threatened to play “The Shearer Card” and the FA capitulated like the venal, corrupt halfwits they are.

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  10. Wow, the FA actually did the right thing. I honestly expected them to simply give the card to Ox and then ignore the second complaint. Given his rather poor performance against Chelsea, I doubt Ox will be starting tomorrow, but more good players available is always excellent.

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  11. Shame we don’t get to replay the game. Was it still a penalty? You can come back from 2-0 down with 70 minutes to play. 3-0 down with 10 men for 70+ minutes is completely different.

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  12. Neil #2 you are correct. Title still not lost. We CAN still win the title this season so long as we don’t mess up anymore and so long as Chelsea and city don’t win remaining games. I know it’s all what ifs and maybes but mathematically we aren’t out of it yet. This time last year we wasn’t this close and we went on an massive unbeaten run. Repeat that this year and the title could be ours. Imagine that? 9 years of hurt and we win the double. I would be ecstatic if that happened. COME ON THE ARSENAL

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    • He has a point you know, it’s not over till the fat lady sings, etc. Chel$ lost against Villa, some other teams fighting the relegation battle with their backs against the wall, could be very dangerous as well. All he’s saying is that it is not over till it’s over. No sense in berating the players for lack of mental strength, then as fans start asking each other to pass the bong, when we see a bit of positivity going around. Quite silly actually.

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  13. Ok, a welcome turn of news. Back on the wing please. We need some freaking pace and direct running at defenders up there.

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    • Oh yes.
      If Arsenal play with power, pace and precision and a robust defence, they will win.
      Go for a win, not a draw.

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      • Hard to argue with. Unfortunately in the pace + take on defenders + shooting department we’re in sorry shape. Perhaps Gnabry, but Ox can self-inflict less damage on the wing.

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  14. Can someone explain WHY we haven’t asked for a replay? I understand we were down 2-0 at that point (Maybe three with the penalty kick), but it was an awful decision that absolutely changed the course of the game. How is that not worth talking about?

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  15. It hurts even more than the 6-3 spanking at the ethiad
    and the 5 we let in at anfeild combined! I think it’s because it’s that smug little portugese cunt and wengers troops let him down on what should have been one of his most celabrated games in a long sucessful and well respected arsenal career!!!

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  16. Hoping that the team wins against Swansea tomorrow. Play with power, pace & precision and victory is Arsenal’s.

    The showdown against Man City will be interesting. Proper preparation, tactics and a fighting spirit will give us a chance. They are not invincible – Arsenal can defeat them.

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  17. Everyone saying how could ref had made that stupid decision….you’re looking at this the wrong way.

    Be extremely thankful BOTH are available for the Swansea game when only 1 should be. Don’t kick a hornets nest that is now at rest….

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  18. I would like to see this team tomorrow


    It’s time for a change giroud was awful for the last 4-5 games even his best strengths of his game as holding up the play and bringing others to play didn’t work put poldi upfront we all now that if poldi had that chance against chelsea he would score and rest arteta his is out of pace at the moment and can’t play holding midfilder on his own.

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    • i would prefer gnabry over ox this time. fabianski as gk. poldi cant play alone upfront. we have to play 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 then.

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    • I’d rather see wholesale changes made, the players need to be shown that if you play badly you get dropped.

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  19. Excellent news, allowing me to mentally re categorise that game as “would have had points except for Marriner’s cock up”. Don’t disabuse me of this notion.

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  20. Good News. Now lets get our head’s straight and finish strong.

    Personally i think we need proffesional mental coaches. I looked through our staff and could not see we had any pure sports psychology consultants in our staff. Many international teams cooperate with their countrys Olympic organization and are granted access to their Mental coaches.

    We know how important and Even Vital Mental coaches are in individual sports, so dont see why it should be any different in a team game like football. Especially when we are constantly crumbling under pressure due to losing their head.

    Wenger talks alot about mental strenght etc, so why do he not employ Mental Coaches?

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  21. 1.Ox should play on the wing where his pace can do some damage.
    2.Sanogo should be given a chance over Girioud
    3. Flamini needs to start
    4.Kallstrom need to make a debut and provide something different

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  22. Surprised we didn’t get a longer ban with our luck with the FA 😉

    COYG!!! This is when the true fans stick with the team. Swansea have nothing to play for so they are relaxed and can be dangerous. Get that first goal and set the tempo early!

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  23. It was the right decision to not suspend either player. But I disagree with those that think we could have come back from 3-0 down if we had 11 players (the ok was a correct call). The guys were playing terribly. But that is in the past and we still have lots to play for. COYG!!

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  24. I’d still hope for Kim to start in the midfield on Tuesday instead of the ox. His confidence must be shattered right now, and maybe a return to a wide position will help.

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  25. if the ref had sent Ox off in the first place, then I’d doubt very much that he would have had his ban lifted… so it’s kind of good that he got it wrong and sent off Gibbs. Ox dodged a bullet!

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  26. Ah, it’s good to see a bit of the humor returning.

    What I like second most* about these little positive happenings is that 90% of the cave dwellers that do nothing but spew bilious anger don’t show up.

    What I like first most, of course, is that it’s good for the Arsenal. COYG.

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  27. Wenger: “An accident has happened, that doesn’t mean that you’re not a good driver. We have played about 40 games this season.”

    If I had three accidents every 40 journeys, I’m pretty sure my insurance premiums would go up.

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  28. Game should then be re-started from us 0-2 down, 11 on the pitch, and a goal kick to us, as Marriner didn’t see the handball.
    Now *that* would set a precedent lol
    But hang about…? Didn’t the gentleman that is Arsene, in the sense of fair play, offer a replay to poor Sheffield Utd, after a similar wrongdoing?
    Can’t see maureen the cunt doing any such thing 🙁

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  29. Now we’ll finally get video evidence. Not because it protects the players but it covers the ref’s asses.

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  30. The players totally deserve a slagging off of huge proportions for Saturday. I’m all over it myself.

    However, some ‘fans’ are stating that Ox is useless etc. Ox is only 20 and one of the best young players in Europe right now. He had a mare, yes. Hopefully, he’ll learn from Saturday that playing in centre mid against top teams is very difficult. He should go back out wide and work on his midfield play in training and the odd ‘easy’ game until he matures.

    In saying that, I’m not adverse to dropping a few players for tonight’s game. As much as I hated Fergie, he would drop most of his team for being as unprofessional as they were.

    On the ref, I always rated Marriner as a top ref until this season. He’s made some strange decisions (in Chelsea’s favour). He, or the FA should tell the world how the decision was reached. My guess is that he listened either to Anthony ‘fuck Arsenal’ Taylor or John Terry. I’m not giving the players an excuse. They were gash and we would’ve lost heavily anyway. The decision does need explaining, even if the penalty was the right decision (although it should’ve been yellow).

    Who knows, perhaps the voice Marriner was listening to had a Russian accent. I tried to lip read the ref and he may have said ”Roubles? How much is that in pounds?”

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  31. What worries me is the stuff I keep reading about Wenger saying he was ‘puzzled’ by the defeat and not knowing why it happened. On he also said ‘An accident has happened, that doesn’t mean that you’re not a good driver.”

    Three maulings like that is no accident. And he shouldn’t be puzzled for 7m a year and decades of experience.

    I have to admit to being a bit worried now. I desperately want him to stay, I can’t bring myself to wanting him out. We can’t let him leave after being humilated and laughed at by that twat. It would break my fucking heart. My feeling ‘deep down’ is that we give him the chance to win the cup and finish strongly in the league. Give him the chance to spend the money he’s earned for this club in the summer. He must spend it. And no pissing around this time. I admit I will turn on him if he farts around again. If it does go tits up and we again get mauled at the big clubs, it may be time to think of the next boss.

    Personally, I think one of Wenger’s weaknesses is his calm nature. It can help. It can also hinder. I hate Fergie, but if his team were losing badly, his players would be literally SHITTING in their pants worried about the half time talk/full time talk. That’s one of the reasons they used to come back and win so many games from losing positions.

    So, is Tim Sherwood the answer? Of course not. He’s an idiot. We need a young manager, with European experience. With tactical nouse. With the ability to bring through young players. With a knack of finding great, untouched talent. A man who calmly gets his points accross but with a fearsome temper. A man who takes no shit. From anyone.

    That man is Jurgen Klopp. Not easy to tempt away, but Arsenal could double his salary. We are also a tempting club for managers as we have a history of giving them time to build, as well as bing a fairly rich club with a huge fanbase. I hope Wenger turns it around, but perhaps it is time to prepare for change anyway as Wenger isn’t getting any younger.

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  32. there is clearly a problem that we have against the big teams away from home. however, the damage is containable at the moment – as wenger says, we took 3 points from two tough games. had we drawn both, we’d have had fewer points but been in a mentally stronger position. arsenal have the chance tonight to get it out of their system and show that they’re not mentally beholden to this. if we beat man city on saturday, it will quickly feel a distant memory…

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  33. Perhaps that’s why Mourinho took Eto off early, he was worried that if Ox commits another red card offence (or Sagna) Eto might be sent off.

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  34. I want Wenger to stay and turn it around, but I would love it if we had Klopp in the future. Imagine Maureen calling out Klopp. Klopp would walk out of the tunnel and as Maureen walked over with a smug grin, Klopp would knock him the fuck out.

    His players say he is very funny and calm. But if you piss him off…

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  35. I still think Wenger deserves more time. He built a world class team, then managed us through the financially lean times while paying off the star,and now he deserves the chance to use the increased finances to see what he can accomplish. But he needs to take some advice to improve tactical options in games. Three big defeats against title rivals in one season is a disgrace. But somehow we can go to Munich twice over the past year and only let in one goal.

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  36. And I don’t mean unlimited time. We need a top striker this summer and no excuses. I also want him to have Sagna sign a new contract.

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  37. The officials who make these mistakes should get fines it good to see gibbs & ox clear of charges because if gibbs gad not been cleared he would have 2 match ban 4 nothing just win tonight arsenal fc let these teams no we are still in top4 even with officialing blunders coyg

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