Kieran Gibbs clearance gets Oxlade-Chamberlain sent off

"I couldn't believe it," wails bemused Ox.

Kieran Gibbs clearance mania was yet to strike when he took this humble throw-in against Stoke
You can tell it’s Gibbs ’cause of the shirt, and his face, and his position (Image: Ronnie Macdonald)

A crucial Kieran Gibbs clearance stopped Hull City from taking a three-goal lead in Arsenal’s dramatic FA Cup final victory on Saturday – and it got injured teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent off.

The goal-line intervention, headed, spurred Arsène Wenger’s Gunners onto a 3-2 win that secured their first piece of silverware since 2005’s far duller FA Cup final win on penalties over an equally tedious Manchester United side.

Although sidelined anyway, Oxlade-Chamberlain was shown the red card by referee Lee Probert in what is already being described as “the single most shocking instance of someone mixing up Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain since late March”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, a bemused Oxlade-Chamberlain protested his innocence on the grounds that a) he’s not Gibbs, and b) it quite clearly wasn’t hand ball.

He roared: “I couldn’t believe it.

“Given all the fuss that was made of the Chelsea incident, you’d think the officials would be extra vigilant – or at least vigilant enough to spot that the Kieran Gibbs clearance was both a header and executed by Kieran Gibbs.

“That’s why it’s called the Kieran Gibbs clearance.”

Turning around and speaking exclusively to someone else, Oxlade-Chamberlain remained philosophical.

He continued: “I reckon The Kieran Gibbs Clearance sounds like either a department store sale or the name of a progressive rock group.”

He added: “The lads are all over the moon for Aaron at the end of the day, to be fair, through the mixer early doors.”