FA CUP BLOW FOR ARSENAL AFTER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION’S DECISION

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea after Arsenal’s appeal against his red card was rejected by the FA.

Koscielny was shown a red card in the 14th minute of the Gunners’ 3-1 win at home to Everton on Sunday for a horror tackle on Enner Valencia.

Arsenal appealed against the red card, but the FA have confirmed it has been rejected – meaning Koscielny will miss the Gunners’ next three games, starting with the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

A statement on the FA’s website on Tuesday read: “Laurent Koscielny will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a claim of wrongful dismissal was unsuccessful.

“The Arsenal defender was sent off for serious foul play during the game against Everton on Sunday [21 May 2017].

“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard the case today [Tuesday 23 May 2017].”

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