Costa Should Have Been Sent Off Twice - Wenger
The coach was left fuming with referee Mike Dean
for failing to punish the striker for his part in
several controversial incidents.
Arsene Wenger insists Diego Costa "should have
been sent off twice" during Chelsea's victory over
Arsenal on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho's men secured only their second
win in the Premier League this season following
second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden
Hazard, while the Gunners ended the match with
nine men after Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla
were sent off.
Gabriel was sent off for kicking out at Costa, but
television replays have shown the Chelsea striker
slapping the face of Laurent Koscielny in the build-
up to his lengthy altercation with the Arsenal
Asked by BT Sport if he felt a sense of injustice,
Wenger replied: A big one, yes. Because I think
Diego costa should've had a red card, I wouldnâ€™t
like to be Mike Dean tonight.
"I cannot understand this situation. Costa, twice
should have been sent off.
"Look at the situation before the cross comes in.
He hits Koscielny in the face on purpose. He
makes a fuss of it and in every game he is
aggressive and gets away with it because of the
weakness of the referee.
"I think two sendings off for us and Costa staying
on the pitch is a shame."
Wenger did admit, however, that Gabriel deserved
to be sent off, adding: "Gabriel deserves a red card
and I agree, but you expect the referee to make
the right decisions. Thatâ€™s all you want."
The two managers failed to shake hands at the end
of the game, but the Frenchman played down any
suggestion he'd deliberately avoided his opposite
number by claiming "he's always available".
The 65-year-old also revealed midfielder Francis
Coquelin picked up an injury and will definitely miss
his side's next match against Tottenham in the
League Cup on Wednesday.
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