Chelsea and Arsenal: Wenger moans, Mourinho hurts, the match gets replayed?
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is not yet over his side’s 2-0 defeat away to Chelsea last Saturday. The red card referee Mike Dean showed to the Gunners’ Gabriel has been rescinded by the FA – and Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been handed a three-match ban for the red-card he should have earned – but Wenger says it repairs only “5 per cent of the damage” done.
“[Revoking Gabriel’s red card] just shows they decided after the game what should have happened during the game. They have repaired 5 per cent of the damage that has been done to us. Instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11. It does not help us too much [now].
“I have watched the game again and it is better I do not talk about it too much. There were some things that were really surprising. Some incidents were handled very lightly and not seriously. I am still angry. I am in a job where sometimes I have to swallow things that are not right.”
On the other side of the heated debate, Chelsea manager José Mourinho is unimpressed with the FA:
“Now we know something which is that retaliation is allowed now. You can do it…. This kind of situation goes much, much, much, much more deeply and the team is hurting, obviously.”
Maybe it would be best to replay the match?