After the heated match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a match who saw Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger go head-to-head in the technical area, the Portuguese has said that Arsenal should have finished the match with eight players. He mentioned the fact that Laurent Koscielny should have been sent off for his tackle on Eden Hazard that resulted in the award of a penalty kick. While according to him Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck are two other Arsenal players that should have received their matching orders during the match.
“It was a difficult game. They started better than us, but Eden gave us the penalty and the first goal and the game could have finished there if it had been a red card.
“I think the referee has had a fantastic performance, but Arsenal could have finished with eight men, Koscielny could have a straight red, a double yellow for Chambers in the first half and a red for Danny Welbeck,” the self styled happy one said.
While Chelsea finished the match with four bookings to Arsenal’s three, the clamour by the Chelsea manager that Arsenal should have finished the match with fewer men on the field should have obviously applied to his team after Gary Cahill’s lunge on Alexis Sanchez, a development that led to the altercation between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.
The match was like deja-vu for Arsene Wenger’s side where they have had to leave Stamford Bridge with either a defeat or a draw under Jose Mourinho’s guidance in the Portuguese two spells in charge of the West London side.
Arsenal had started the match on an equal footing with their fierce rivals, but where second best after falling behind, as they could not make in roads through Chelsea’s obdurate defensive walls.
The defeat continues Arsenal’s less than impressive records against the big teams, and in big matches, as they continued to be found wanting in the big games.
Arsenal would have to negotiate a way up the table in the coming months especially with the club now nine points behind Chelsea after just seven games, and with just two wins from seven matches, it makes Arsenal’s second worst start to the Premier League after the debacle that was in the beginning of the 2011/2012 season.
While there are still 31 matches still to be played in the league, it is already looking like Groundhog Day for Arsenal all over again in the Premier League.