Wenger slams referee and Diego Costa after loss at Chelsea

Wenger unhappy with referee Mike Dean while Mourinho accuses the Frenchman of moaning

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 19, 2015) (REUTERS) – Disgruntled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised referee Mike Dean on Saturday (September 19) after he failed to sanction Chelsea’s controversial striker Diego Costa but sent off two Arsenal players in a bad-tempered London derby.

Arsenal lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge but it was Costa’s tangling with their defence that most offended the manager.

Television replays showed the intimidating Brazil-born Spaniard pushing Laurent Koscielny in the face during tussles in the Arsenal penalty area in the first half.

“I think it’s unacceptable his behaviour. If you look well at the pictures what he does to Koscielny before, he pushes him down in the face, he hits him in the face before the fall and he gets always away with it. It’s quite honestly surprising,” Wenger said at his post match briefing.

He added he felt Costa always acted belligerently and often got away with it.

“He will do the same again next week and the week after he gets always away with it. For me he’s always in provocation and he uses well the naivety of Mike Dean today.”

Wenger conceded that Gabriel deserved his red card for kicking Costa in a melee of protesting players at the end of the first half.

“We expect that kind of game of course,” he said. “I don’t deny that Gabriel is sent off, he deserves it, he deserves it. He is not touching him at all, he goes well down from very little, but he should not have done it and he deserves a red card I agree, but you just want the referee to make the right decisions.”

Wenger also suggested the foul that led to Chelsea’s first goal, headed home from a free kick by centre back Kurt Zouma in the 53rd minute should not have been given. “It was hardly a touch,” he said.

Arsenal’s woes were compounded when Santi Cazorla was sent off after a second yellow card in the 79th minute leaving Arsenal vulnerable to Eden Hazard’s stoppage time strike that took a deflection off Arsenal substitute Calum Chambers wrong-footing former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, playing for the opposition for the first time after his 11-year career at Chelsea.

At his press conference Mourinho reacted testily to Wenger’s complaints.

“I played against Arsenal I don’t know 12, 15, 18 times I don’t know, and only once he didn’t moan, and in that day we lost the game, we lost the cup, it was not good for us, we behave in a fantastic way, no excuses, not crying, not moaning,” said the Portuguese.

Mourinho, who has not lost to Wenger in 11 encounters in the Premier League, said Arsenal had lost their heads in the intensity of the London derby.

“Every derby you don’t win without emotional control, it’s a basic thing of the game, it’s a basic thing of the game,” he said.

“If you want to speak about Diego Costa with me it’s just to say he played like he has to play, and that’s why you have full stadiums, you sell for televisions all around the world for millions and millions, because the game has to be played like that.

“Man of the match for me. The referee was there, it was the same referee that made every decision of the game, it was the same referee who didn’t give two penalties clear for us.

“I think I told you before the game that I have to cope, I have to cope with my defeats, tonight he has to cope with his defeat.”

There is no love lost between Wenger and his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho.

The managers set the tone of the encounter by shaking hands while barely looking at each other at the start and Wenger disappeared quickly down the tunnel at the whistle without acknowledging the Portuguese.