UPDATE: At 12:03 ET today, Diego Costa has been charged by the FA for violent conduct.
Chelsea and Arsenal squared off in a Herculean match this past Saturday and it was Diego Costa and the referees who dominated the headlines.
The first half was very much uneventful until the very end, Diego Costa was up to no good as things got chippy with Laurent Koscielny.
Diego Costa first pushes down Koscielny’s head and then wildly swings his hand and smacks the Frenchman in the face.
After the play was over Diego Costa bumped Koscielny down to the ground in a somewhat aggressive fashion. That’s when Brazilian centerback Gabriel started to get involved with Costa.
— Footballogue (@Footballogue) September 19, 2015
That’s when the instigator Diego Costa got in the head of Gabriel, after both players were given yellow cards Gabriel attempted to stomp in Costa’s direction which got him sent off for a second yellow.
Gabriel lost control of his emotions and his manager Arsene Wenger said his player deserved to get sent off. However, Wenger added that there was no way that Costa should have stayed on the pitch and he deserved two red cards.
I have zero qualms standing by a club and manager with this sort of rationale and class; not so for Chelsea fans. http://t.co/HpPY85K5pS
— françois de la mer (@fffjayare) September 19, 2015
Wenger definitely has a point in this case, Diego Costa has always had a reputation for getting under the skin of players along with getting overly physical with them.
Diego Costa and Gabriel have a history going back to their time playing in La Liga.
Costa and Chelsea have always been on the front page in terms of his dirty tricks and controversy with the referees.
Last year, Jose Mourinho claimed that the refs were campaigning against his team. After he did that, Diego Costa was able to get away with things like stomping on Emre Can’s leg in the game. He was never sent off for stomping on Can’s leg when it sure looked like a dirty play.
Chelsea players have always tried to influence the referee’s decision no matter what by surrounding him. This is something that really should not be happening out on the pitch, Costa and Chelsea should have to pay the price for his foolish behavior.
The Blues took full advantage in the 2nd half when John Terry’s replacement Kurt Zouma scored from a set piece.
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Towards the very end of the match Arsenal were even more unlucky to see Santi Cazorla sent off for a challenge that wasn’t worth a red card.
Prem: Cazorla red card — Arsenal (79'): ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Santi Cazorla (79') Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal http://t.co/8QqQk2x3bb (Soccernet)
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Arsenal were shockingly at nine men for the rest of the match, and it was Eden Hazard who scored on a deflected shot to give Chelsea the points. Arsene Wenger had only won once against Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and that was this year’s FA Community Shield. Arsenal’s chances of winning this game weren’t high but the refs did not help their cause.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was obviously happy to have some questionable decisions go his way and he added that Diego Costa was man of the match.
This was a typical Jose Mourinho move, he is always going to support his players despite Diego Costa’s despicable acts on the field.
The Blues picked up an important three points to get themselves back on track but the Gunners have now lost two in a row. They won’t want to see Diego Costa anytime soon.