Two Arsenal players were sent off and managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho traded jibes as Chelsea ended their mini-slump with a 2-0 win in the latest instalment of the two clubs’ spiky rivalry on Saturday. “Costa should have been sent off. He hits him (Koscielny) in the face on objective “.
But the naive Gabriel was unable to check his temper in the face of such overt gamesmanship, and flicked out at Costa in first-half injury-time to earn a red card from referee Mike Dean. I don’t deny Gabriel deserves to be sent off, he deserves it. He goes down well from very little but he should not have done it and he deserves a red card, I agree.
“I think his behaviour is unacceptable”.
Arsenal’s Brazil centre-half received his marching orders during the incident after he back heeled Costa off the ball, before Santi Cazorla was later dismissed for a second yellow.
“If you want to speak about Diego Costa with me, he played like he has to play“.
“He makes a fuss of it. In every game there is aggravation but he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee”.
“I played first the first derby in September 2000 and I remember my words: “To win a derby needs emotional control”. We want to see a great game”.
I would not like to be Mike Dean tonight.
“Costa twice should have been sent off with Laurent Koscielny“.
“Look at the pictures, and look only at him”.
Chelsea made their man advantage count as they opened the scoring shortly after the break with Kurt Zouma heading home a Cesc Fabregas free kick for 1-0.
Man of the match for sure was Diego Costa. So the game was all but over 12 minutes from time when Cazorla caught Fabregas on the ankle and joined Gabriel in the changing room. It’s also rules of the game what Gabriel did to Eden Hazard which is in the rules of rubgy but not football. In rugby it’s fantastic, in football it’s a penalty. That’s why you have full stadiums and the game watched around the world by millions and millions.
“For me there was no controversy”, Mourinho told BT Sport.