Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea yesterday was overshadowed by the antics of Diego Costa but Arsene Wenger felt that the Gunners were in little danger from Jose Mourinho’s side until the Gabriel sending off. Le Prof said after the game: “It was a very frustrating afternoon because we looked like we were in control.
“It’s frustrating to see Diego Costa staying on because it’s not understandable when you look at the whole situation. The fact that he doesn’t get a red card is unbelievable. That we got one on top of that, we have to look at ourselves because we are guilty. But Costa should have been off before Gabriel could respond to him.
“We were quite in control and I felt that we were comfortable. Overall it’s difficult to lose a game like that.”
“We were good but we have to play now with 11 against 11. We lost the game in Zagreb with 10 against 11 and today we lost again. It’s always a mountain to climb and the regret I had today is that we conceded a goal from a set-piece when we were controlling them well. We conceded [from] a set-piece and that’s difficult to accept.”
I personally thought it looked very evenly matched up ’til then. Although Arsenal seemed to be on the defensive for most of the time we were definitely containing the Chelsea attack force. I’m not sure if ‘in control’ is the right description, as Wenger said three times, but we were surely in with a chance of winning from a breakaway goal.
Do you think we could we have won the game if Gabriel hadn’t been sent off?