Neville and more: Twitter reacts after Arsenal star Gabriel sees red card
Gary Lineker and Gary Neville react to Gabriel Paulista's sending off at Stamford Bridge
Gabriel Paulista was sent off for a petulant kick out at Diego Costa in the first half at Stamford Bridge.
The controversial Chelsea striker initially clashed with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny before he became embroiled in a dispute with the Frenchman’s centre-half partner.
With the incident seemingly over, Gabriel retaliated to Costa’s wind-up tactics and kicked out at the Spain international, which prompted referee Mike Dean to issue a straight red.
The sending off unsurprisingly provided a big talking point on Twitter, and here is a selection of the best social media reaction from the professionals, past and present, to the red card.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville can’t resist a cheeky response to Piers Morgan’s hasty tweet:
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 19, 2015
We don’t want to know, Gary:
Can't imagine what Costa would be like with a few drinks inside him.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 19, 2015
Retired Liverpool striker Michael Owen sympathises with Arsenal:
Massive injustice at Stamford Bridge. Costa gets away with a Red Card and Arsenal go down to 10 men seconds later. https://t.co/p3PjKRIBtP
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 19, 2015
Former Everton and Liverpool striker Don Hutchinson knows what treatment Costa would be getting from some of his old team-mates in the second half:
The teams I've played for in the past. 3 or 4 of us would go straight through Costa in the 2nd half. Pick up 3-4 yellows then Costa😡Off
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) September 19, 2015
Arsenal legend Bob Wilson isn’t happy:
Another game ruined by match officials' inability to see the full picture #CFCvAFC
— Bob Wilson (@BobWilsonBWSC) September 19, 2015
Finally, former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour is hoping Costa sees red after half-time:
Costa wind up tactics worked in the 1st half. He was lucky not to go! I'm Sure he will oblige 2nd half
— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) September 19, 2015