Arsene Wenger left Stamford Bridge disappointed after they lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s team who were seeking confidence following a poor start to the season.
Referee Mike Dean was the man-of-the-match in the crunch London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal. He was appalling and as bad as a referee can be on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners had a good start to the game but things turned around when Diego Costa got Gabriel Paulista sent off just before half-time.
For a neutral the tie didn’t go according to how we expected, but that’s football for you.
Kurt Zouma broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute as he nodded Cesc Fabregas’ free kick into the net. Santi Cazorla was sent off in the 79th minute after receiving a second yellow card for his tackle on Fabregas and in the dying minute the Blues made it 2-0 via Eden Hazard, handing Chelsea their second win of the season.
The red cards and Mike Dean’s appalling refereeing display played a part in the result but one would expect Gabriel – who Wenger said was ‘guilty of getting involved’ in the conflict - to know better when dealing with the Premier League’s trouble maker Costa.
After the tie, the Arsenal boss told the media: “We expected that type of game. It is no surprise but you expect the referee to make the right decision. I don’t deny Gabriel deserves to be sent off, he deserves it. He goes down well from very little but he should not have done it and he deserves a red card, I agree. But you want the referee to make the right decision.”
Regarding Costa, he explained: “If you look well at the pictures, what he does to Koscielny before he pushes him down, he hits him in the face before the throw and he always gets away with it. Honestly, it’s surprising. I don’t understand Mike Dean’s decision at all. Not on the sending off. Why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch? That Gabriel is sent off, okay, I accept. He has not to react at all. After that, I think on their first goal, I couldn’t see a free-kick against us.”
When asked if man-of-the-match winner Mike Dean needed a break, Wenger replied: “I do not want to judge overall. I just think today that it is surprising that Diego Costa got away with what he did. At half-time we get a red card but he stays on the pitch. Overall I do not want to judge Mike Dean because I do not watch all the games that he referees.”
The French boss also called on referee to make the right decision, saying it’s not about their strength.
“For me it is nothing to do with strength,” he said, as Arsenal.com quoted. “It is about making the right decision. That is all you want. It is nothing to do with strength, they are professional people that just need to make the right decisions.”