Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has slammed Diego Costa for his actions in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Replays showed Costa twice make contact with Laurent Koscielny’s face before the pair bumped chests, sending the Arsenal defender to the ground. Having escaped punishment, Wenger was not impressed with the Spaniard.
Costa was then involved in an altercation with Gabriel Paulista. The two continued their war of words, after initially being warned by Mike Dean, and the Arsenal defender kicked out and earned himself a straight red card.
While it could be argued that Costa’s actions were clever, from the perspective of getting his opponent sent off, Wenger was left seething with the decision as it ultimately played a part in costing his side a positive result.
The French tactician was also critical of referee Dean’s lack of control over the situation, and believes the official will look back on the incident and realise that he made a mistake, he told BBC Sport.
Arsenal were later reduced to nine men after Santi Cazorla received a second booking, and the Gunners will now look to regroup after a disappointing week in which they also suffered defeat in the Champions League at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.