Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, but most of the headlines surrounds Diego Costa who managed to get Gabriel Paulista sent off.
Costa, 26, got entangled in a situation with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny late in the first half. Costa was flinging his arms and hands in Koscielny’s face, but it went unpunished by referee Mike Dean. Costa ended up on the ground and went up and bumped Koscielny in the chest. Gabriel came in and started a heated discussion with Costa that included some light shoving.
Dean awarded both players a yellow card after that spat. As play continued, Gabriel gave Costa a little kick in the shins and Costa started screaming at Dean. Gabriel ended up getting a red card, and had to be lead down the tunnel after some heavy protesting that he received a red card but Costa got away.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was very displeased with both Costa and the referee after the game.
“Big sense of injustice,” Wenger told BT Sport 1. “I think Diego Costa is a red card.
“I wouldn’t like to be Mike Dean tonight because I cannot understand the situations. Twice he [Costa] should have been sent off.
“Look at the situation well before the cross comes in, he hits him [Laurent Koscielny] in the face on purpose.
“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.
“We are guilty because we gave in on that and responded to it. We knew before the game that he was only looking for that and when he touches him he goes down like he has been killed.”
Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard scored the goals for Chelsea in the second half. Santi Cazorla also saw red after picking up two yellow cards as Arsenal finished the game with nine men.