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Arsenal star Gabriel sent off for two quickfire yellow cards – including one for SCUFFING penalty spot – vs Man City

ARSENAL defender Gabriel was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in THREE minutes – including one for scuffing up the penalty spot.

The Gunners centre-back messed up the spot after Granit Xhaka brought down Bernardo Silva and referee Stuart Attwell gave the Premier League champions a penalty – following a look at the pitchside monitor.



Riyad Mahrez then stepped up to dispatch the penalty and cancel out Bukayo Saka's opener.

But things would get worse for Gabriel just moments later as he was given his marching orders.

A long punt downfield from City keeper Ederson saw Gabriel Jesus swiftly turn the Arsenal man in the middle of the pitch.

But before he could get away from Gabriel he was blocked in a cynical manner.

Official Attwell had no choice but to book the Arsenal defender once more and show him a red card.

In between Gabriel's two yellow cards, Gabriel Martinelli missed an open goal sitter for Arsenal after Nathan Ake had cleared Aymeric Laporte's misjudged header off the line.

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Gabriel's sending off meant in a flash the Gunners went from having the chance to go 2-1 up to being a man down with the score still level.

And Arsenal were made to pay as Rodri scored a stoppage time winner to hand City a 2-1 victory.

Saka had given Arsenal the lead shortly after the half hour mark when he swept home from the edge of the area.

It was a superb first half performance from the hosts as they caused City all sorts of problems in the final third.

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But City found their way back into the match through Mahrez's penalty – a spot kick which was given after Xhaka grabbed hold of Silva's shirt.

Arsenal looked set to hold onto a point before Rodri bundled home the winner from close range in added time.

The win takes City 11 points clear of second place Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

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