By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Ian Wright is convinced that Gabriel should have been sent off for a horror tackle in the first half of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Watford.
The Brazilian defender avoided a red card jumping in two-footed with his studs showing when he crashed into Troy Deeney 29 minutes into the quarter-final at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Gabriel escaped punishment from referee Andre Marriner but could well be retrospectively punished by the FA for the challenge, which on replay, is a clear sending-off offence.
“It’s very reckless, totally out of control,” Arsenal legend Wright told BT Sport at half-time. “He should have been sent off.
“With the position he had, how did Andre Marriner not see that?”
The incident puts Marriner in the spotlight for a decision he has made in an Arsenal fixture once more, following his infamous dismissal of Kieran Gibbs in March 2014.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line during the game against Chelsea, but Marriner dismissed Gibbs instead.
Despite the reprieve, Arsenal couldn’t break through the Watford rearguard during the first half, with the two sides going down the tunnel at 0-0.