Arsene Wenger has accepted that his team shouldn’t have reacted to the provocation of Diego Costa, but says that weak referees allow the Chelsea striker to behave badly on a consistent basis.
It’s clear to anyone with half a brain that Costa should have seen red for a couple of incidents on Laurent Koscielny, which sparked the coming together with Gabriel. He then scraped the defender’s neck, and even when on a yellow card in the second half he got away with a dive in the Arsenal area, and a flick at Oxlade-Chamberlain – which is exactly what Gabriel got a straight red card for.
After the game, the Arsenal manager slammed Mike Dean, and the Spanish international’s on-pitch behaviour.
“He can do what he wants, and he stays on,” said Wenger. “He will do same next week, and week after, and get away with it.
“In every game there’s aggravation, he gets away with it because referees are weak. We are also guilty because we reacted to it, but every time somebody touches him he goes down like he has been killed.
“I think the two sendings-off for us and Diego Costa stays on the pitch, that’s a shame. I wouldn’t like to be Mike Dean tonight, I can’t understnand how he dealt with the situations.”
He dealt with them like a twat, because that’s what he is. And of course Gabriel shouldn’t have reacted but it’s a bit of a no-win situation. On the one hand Arsenal are too soft, on the other when we show some mettle and stick up for a teammate we’re in the wrong.
Ultimately, Diego Costa is a scumbag who gets away with murder. Figuratively speaking, of course, but probably literally too.