Arsenal legend criticises ‘naive’ Gabriel Paulista after red card

Former Arsenal striker criticises Gabriel Paulista for falling for Diego Costa's wind-up tactics

Alan Smith has branded Gabriel Paulista as “naïve” after the Arsenal defender’s red card in a 2-0 defeat by Chelsea.

The Brazil international kicked Costa in an off-the-ball incident after he clashed with Chelsea’s controversial striker Diego Costa in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Mike Dean sent off Gabriel for his act of retaliation, whilst Costa escaped with just a yellow card after he initially clashed with Laurent Koscielny before becoming embroiled in a dispute with the former Villarreal man.

Former Arsenal striker Smith felt Gabriel could have no complaints about the incident.

Smith went on to add that Arsenal’s biggest mistake of the 2-0 loss was to play Santi Cazorla in a deep-lying midfield role.

Arsenal haven’t picked up any points at Stamford Bridge since a 5-3 victory in 2011.

Chelsea moved to within three points of third-placed Arsenal following their comfortable win against nine-man Gunners.

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