Maybe Arsenal fans should have known that this was not going to be a good day for the Gunners, as the referee for our trip to face Chelsea was our old frioend Mike Dean. And let’s be honest, when do Arsenal ever get the proper rub of the green at Stamford Bridge.
And so it went as the game produced the same old story of Chelsea getting away with murder while every little thing we did was punished to the full extent of the law. When little Santi Cazorla gets sent off then you know it has ben a bad day at the office.
To be fair to Chelsea, they were a lot better than they had been up until now in the Premier League and although we started well, they came back into it well and it was a very close game. THen the controversy came just before the break, with Diego Costa shoving two hands into the face of Koscielny before swinging an arm and catching him and then shoving him to the ground.
As Howard Webb explained at halftime, every one of those could have earned him a red card but instead he was only booked and at the same time the ref decided to book Gabriel who did nothing wrong. Costa kept at our Brazilian defender and Gabriel stupidly reacted and Dean had no hesitation in giving him a straight red.
Chelsea took adavantage and took the lead with a header from Zouma who was not picked up by Koscielny from a Fabregas fee kick. Cazorla’s second yellow was hard to argue with but his first had been harsh and it just highlighted how little help the officials gave us throughout the game.
Costa even got away with another kickout on Bellerin later in the game before Mourinho replaced him and the misery was completed when Chambers deflected a Hazard shot past Cech for a second. Lucky, lucky Chelsea and Arsenal fans are left wondering why things always go against us.