Arsenal has won their appeal against midfielder Mohamed Elneny’s red card in their 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton last Sunday.
Elneny, 25, was dismissed in stoppage time following a confrontation with Saints defender Cedric Soares, but the Football Association overturned the decision after an independent panel accepted the Egyptian was “wrongly dismissed for violent conduct”.
The repealed red meant that Elneny would now available for Arsenal’s next three Premier League matches.
The Gunners would be facing Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday before hosting West Ham on 22 April and travelling to Manchester United on 29 April.
Elneny was sent off moments after Saints defender Jack Stephens was dismissed for a clash with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in a fractious finale at the Emirates Stadium after a sterile first-half atmosphere.
Arsenal lead twice then, and the game that saw two late red cards it was awarded a surprisingly loud roar at the final whistle, there was certainly entertainment at the on Sunday despite the empty seats.
Gunners manager Arsenal also heaped praise on his team after the game as they stole a victory against a club struggling against relegation.
“It’s not easy because we played against a team who fights not to go down, mentally it is very difficult,” Wenger said. “Some of our players had heavy legs but we still won the game when we were questioned, I really like the spirit in this team.”
“Every game you win makes you stronger, it’s important that you keep your run going. We have gone through a difficult spell, but because the players are proud we came back. Now we hope to keep this going.”
Wenger and his players would head to Moscow with a spring in their step, still believing they can reach the Champions League next season by winning the Europa League. They hold a 4-1 advantage from the first leg of the quarter-final.