The Gunners defender is available for selection after successful appeal.
Arsenal defender Gabriel has had his appeal against the red card received against Chelsea upheld, meaning his three-match ban is withdrawn with immediate effect, as confirmed on the Football Association website.
The 24-year old received his marching orders after an altercation with Diego Costa and was adjudged to have deliberately stamped on the Chelsea striker’s foot after backing into him.
The FA hearing has ruled against that decision however, and Gabriel is now available for selection in tomorrow’s League Cup clash with bitter rivals Tottenham.
A charge of ‘improper conduct’ has been issued for the defender’s actions immediately following his dismissal and could still result in a ban – although shorter than the initial three matches he previously faced.
Arsenal have until 18:00 BST on Thursday to respond to the latest charge but will feel relieved to be able to call upon the Brazilian sooner than expected.
The incident caused uproar, with many feeling Costa should have been punished for his role in the fracas, and the reaction on Twitter was predictably excitable:
So glad to see Gabriel's red card overturned! Just need Costa to serve his ban now! #Justice— Daniel Lysaght (@DanielLysaght1) September 22, 2015
Gabriel got mugged off by Costa and 100% his ban should stand. Lets see the London based tabloids herald this as a triumph.— Paddy Dawson (@patrickdwsn) September 22, 2015
On a serious note, good to have Gabriel available immediately and see Costa facing a 3 game ban. But it's the right decision 3 days too late— Arsene's Army (@ArsenesArmy) September 22, 2015
How have Arsenal won that appeal? Gabriel still did everything to deserve a red. He shouldn't have risen.— Harry Fraser (@fraseh) September 22, 2015
Upholding Gabriel's appeal is basically an Eff You to Mike Dean, and by extension to EPL refs who enable Costa. Childish but interesting.— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) September 22, 2015
Gabriel's red card being rescinded is good news but damage has already been done. Lost the game when he should have been on the pitch— Ryan Williams (@RyanWilliams94) September 22, 2015
So Arsenal's Gabriel won't be banned & Chelsea's Costa will be banned. Well that's a turn up for the books. Unexpected but 100% correct @FA— Luke Sheekey (@LukeSheekey) September 22, 2015
Gabriel's Red card overturned. As a result, 3 points to be deducted from Chelsea's total and to be awarded to Arsenal.— Shanta Ivanovic (@mehul88) September 22, 2015