Arsenal FC manager wants FA to take action on Diego Costa
Arsene Wenger fuming after Costa’s violent approach led to dismissal of Gabriel Paulista on Saturday
September 21st, 2015
Arsenal were more than holding their own at Stamford Bridge until an incident just before half-time which led to the dismissal of Gabriel Paulista.
The Brazilian clashed with Diego Costa after the latter had previously been involved in an altercation with Laurent Koscielny, with the pair receiving yellow cards before Paulista’s kick out saw him receive a red card.
Arsene Wenger couldn’t believe his eyes on the touchline, with Chelsea going on to win the game 2-0, although he hopes that the FA now take retrospective action on Costa for his part in Saturday’s flashpoint.
Costa was banned last season after it was deemed he had deliberately stamped on Emre Can during a League Cup clash, with the Spanish international potentially facing another spell on the sidelines.
“We warn them not to get involved, and I don’t understand Gabriel because he usually looks a calm boy,” said Wenger. “For me, it’s not difficult to stay calm. I don’t believe it is. You have to be above [anything that is said]. That’s part of the game. For me, to be professional 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.
“I would like them, especially Mike Dean, to look at the whole action that happened during the game and see if he stands for his decision,” said Wenger. “But you have a fourth official, you have a linesman, the referee and they talk all the game. They know Diego Costa. He is not a newcomer. He was here for a year now. It is surprising.
“I tell you something, if I am a referee and I referee Diego Costa, I do not send somebody off quickly if he responds because you know he has been well provoked.”