Arsene Wenger comments on Gabriel's tackle on Deeney

Emirates Outside Night

Arsenal and Watford went head-to-head this weekend.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the club’s official website after his side crashed out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage to Watford this weekend.

Goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura gave Watford a two-goal lead and while Arsenal pulled one back through substitute Danny Welbeck it was too little too late.

Gunners centre-back Gabriel had a match to forget as he was easily spun in the build-up to the visitors’ opener and the Brazilian was arguably lucky to stay on the pitch after an incident involving Troy Deeney.

Speaking to specifically about that moment, Wenger said, “It didn’t look (like a red card to me), I have seen it again. He won the ball.

“It looked to me like Deeney was (off the ground) as well. Gabriel was first to the ball. That’s how it looked. If his feet were off the ground then I will have to look at it again.”

Wenger will know that defeat this weekend has all but ended Arsenal’s hopes of finishing the season with some silverware, and while they could argue they are still in the title race it would take an almighty turnaround to see them leapfrog current leaders Leicester City between now and May.

Whatever happens for the rest of this season, Gabriel will have to up his game considerably if he wishes to remain a regular starter for the club.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch