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Arsenal charged over player behavior following Man City clash

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Arsenal charged over player behavior following Man City clash

Arsenal hit with FA charge after furious reaction to Man City decisions

According to the FA, Arsenal failed to control its players during its hot-tempered match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

Rodri scored a late goal in stoppage time to beat the Gunners. They had felt aggrieved when Ederson’s challenge on Martin Odegaard failed to result in a penalty in the first half.

Arsenal still led but was incensed when a VAR review later resulted in City getting a penalty that allowed them to equalise. Moments later, centre-back Gabriel was dismissed for a second yellow card, with ugly scenes ensuing as tempers boiled over.

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Gabriel was given a caution for dissent following the award of the City’s penalty, and numerous players expressed their displeasure with the scenario.

The FA charge relates to that moment in the game, with a statement reading: “It is alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 59th minute and the club has until Friday to respond.”

The game was also marred by ugly scenes at the end, with Rodri celebrating his dramatic winner in front of the home fans. A number of projectiles then rained down on the pitch.

Travelling supporters set off blue flares at the end of the game, which led to additional objects being thrown between the rival groups of fans, while one supporter also made their way onto the pitch.

The Gunners are also expected to face an investigation over failure to control their supporters as a result.

Arsenal are now 4th on the league table whereas Man city are on the top of the table with 10 points between them and Chelsea.

The Gunners will be facing their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on their trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 16th January.

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