Arsene Wenger has called on the FA to punish Diego Costa after the Chelsea striker got away with multiple red card offences against the Gunners on Saturday.
We know that the Brazilian born Spanish international struck out a number of times at Laurent Koscielny, before diving in the second period and flicking a leg out at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second period – an offence which cost Gabriel a straight red card and a three match ban.
Despite Mike Dean seeing the incident which brought about a yellow card for the Chelsea striker, the Arsenal manager has called for further punishment from the game’s governing body.
Asked if he believed they should take further action, he said, “Yes, of course. They do it for everybody.
“I would like them, especially I would like Mike Dean to look at the whole action that happened during the game and see if he stands for his decision.”
“They can tell you and they know Diego Costa. He is not a newcomer. He was here for a year now.
“I tell you something, if I am a referee and I referee Diego Costa, I do not send somebody off quickly if he responds to it because you know he has been well provoked.”
Wenger also urged Gabriel not to repeat the behaviour which saw him red carded, saying he needs to be more professional.
“I don’t understand Gabriel because he usually looks a calm boy,” he said. “You have to be above that. That’s part of the game. To be professional, to me, is to deal with that.
“You can spit in my face and if it’s in a game then I will not respond. I do not guarantee that outside of the game. What I mean is that the desire to win has to be above all of that.
“You stand up to it in a controlled way. We are equipped to respond, but we always have to keep control of our response.”