Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain to play for Arsenal against Swansea after winning ‘mistaken identity’ appeals

Johannesburg, Mar 25: Arsenal players Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will both be reportedly available to play against Swansea City on Tuesday after winning their appeals over the ‘mistaken identity’ dismissal during their 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea.

Gibbs was mistakenly shown a red card during the first half of Saturday’s Premier League game at Chelsea by the referee instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had committed the handball in the six-yard box and admitted his guilt to the official at the time.

According to Sport24, the referee has since apologised for the mistake and the Football Association confirmed that the sanction against Gunners left-back Gibbs had been removed, and instead transferred onto Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, the report mentioned that Arsenal then subsequently pleaded to have that offence downgraded on appeal, claiming the England midfielder had not in fact technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity as the shot from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looked to be going just wide.

Following the claim, the report said that both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain would be able to face Swansea at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, with an independent FA commission upholding out both the claims of ‘mistaken identity’ and ‘wrongful dismissal’. (ANI)