… and the next time Arsenal see Diego da Silva Costa, they will run to get their guns(yea gunners, gooners, bla bla), but no arm of flesh can stop the bogeyman, the Brazilian-Spaniard has an underlying thirst to bring down the North Londoners. The first leg of this game saw vintage Costa facilitate the sending off of Gabriel Paulista, and this time his dramatic tumble from Mertesacker’s last ditch tackle was enough to convince Referee Mark Clattenburg to send off the languid German.
The Wenger-Jose beef is over, but Wenger’s fear for Mourinho’s former team doesn’t seem to be at an end; after Costa’s opener (ender really), Wenger lost the innovativeness in style that has earned him the name “The Professor”. The game ended 0-1 in favour of Hiddink’s charges.
Wenger’s only spark of genius in this game came as he introduced Alexis Sánchez on 57 minutes for his first appearance since 29 November since he sustained a hamstring tear, and the forward made a difference.
Arsenal showed a bit of spirit in the second half and both Nemanja Matic and Mikel John Obi were booked for fouls on Sánchez. The Chilean created impact to no avail as the gunners slumped to yet another defeat to their “Neighbourhood” rivals.
Man of the Match: Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea)
FT Scores: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea