Arsene Wenger launched an expected attack on Chelsea striker Diego Costa after he played the role of pantomime villain during our London derby clash against the Blues on Saturday afternoon, BBC Sport reports.
Wenger took exception to Costa actions with the forward striking Laurent Koscielny in the face twice, before confronting him and barging him to the floor with his chest.
Somehow, the officials allowed that to transpire and once Gabriel got involved in the Chelsea striker’s theatrics, he found himself sent off for a silly kick-out.
While Wenger accepts that Gabriel deserved his red, he’s not sure how Costa managed to evade a red card.
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“I invite Mike Dean to watch what Diego Costa did before (Gabriel) got sent off,” Wenger told BBC Sport.
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“I think it’s a disgrace that he got away with that. I’m very disappointed by Mike Dean’s performance on that.
“I agree (Gabriel) should not had responded at all. He is guilty as well – we don’t want that. But Costa gets away with a yellow – it’s disgusting.”
Costa seems to have a perception in England that his antics is just a part of his game with striker playing on the edge, but he definitely crossed the line at Stamford Bridge.
When he does something illegal on the pitch, the referees seem reluctant to give him his marching – possibly due to the fear of what Jose Mourinho might say.
If Wenger can somehow convince the FA to analyse the footage of what he did Koscielny which the officials missed, it would be interesting to see what conclusion they come to.