To say that the latest edition of the rivalry between the two London giants in the Premier League was controversial, would be a major understatement. And where there is controversy, there shall always be one man at the centre of it for Chelsea: Diego Costa. The Brazillian-born Spanish International striker was at the centre of various tussles with the entire Arsenal team it would seem. While Arsene Wenger in his reflection after the game seemed to think that Costa should have been sent off for his antics, Jose Mourinho not surprisingly took a contrary view saying his striker was the man-of-the-match in the game. While he’s known for his aggression, Diego Costa seemed to step it up against Arsenal and got away without even earning a foul to his name, though he did get a yellow card from referee Mike Dean.We take a look at 5 incidents from the game that could have seen the Chelsea striker in trouble.
#1 Slapping Laurent Koscielny
Right before half-time and the drama that was to ensue, defining the match, Costa caught Koscielny in the face and then seemed to swing his arm around to catch him again. Had the French defender gone down from the contact, the officials might have taken notice. Play continued, with both incidents seemingly unnoticed by the referee or his assistants.
The Arsenal player did well not to respond in kind to Costa’s provocation but the same would not be true for all his team-mates. It was only the start of a chain of events that wad to follow, however, this was probably the strongest shout for a sending off from the Arsenal camp.