Blimey that was a tough watch. Even more so for Arsenal fans
Arsenal started well but as the half developed the pendulum swung in Chelsea’s favour with Pedro having a half chance to put Chelsea in front
Then it all escalated
The first flash point between Diego Costa and Laurent Koscielny was interesting enough but then Gabriel got involved and fell right into the evil villain Costa’s trap.
Arsenal will feel incredibly aggrieved that Diego Costa didn’t see Red for his aggression and will be even more perturbed by the fact that at the end of it all they were down to 10 men and Chelsea weren’t
Once Chelsea had the man advantage it was always going to be backs to the wall for Arsenal but Kurt Zouma managed to find a crack and put Chelsea in front.
Mourinho’s men once in front never really looked troubled and Diego Costa decided to give up on scoring and just winding up the Arsenal players instead. Should he have seen red, for two bookings after a blatant dive in the box….possibly. Did Mike Dean bottle the decision….probabaly
One decision he didn’t bottle was the sending off Santi Cazorla for a 2nd bookable offence. His tackle on Cesc Fabregas and subsequent red card shouldn’t have had many complaints but it certainly did with Cazorla like Gabriel taking his time to leave the pitch.
A bad day was made even worse when Eden Hazard wraps things up late on with a deflected free kick to make it 2-0.
A memorable game for all the wrong reasons as we’ll be talking about the refereeing decisions and not the Football itself for days to come.
Jose Mourinho won’t care though as they manage to register their first win since beating West Brom as for Arsenal they could be 8 points away from Manchester City by the end of the evening.