Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho almost came to blows as Chelsea yet again brushed aside Arsenal in the Premier League.
This was the 12th time that the managers have come up against each other in English soccer, and it’s the 12th time that Wenger has failed to win. Mourinho has now won seven of the contests, while the other five have ended in draws.
An Eden Hazard penalty, after the Belgian had been fouled by Laurent Koscielny, in the first half, and then a Diego Costa strike, his ninth goal in seven games, with 12 minutes left helped Chelsea to remain top of the league. They are currently five points clear, and while they are already looking like the favorites to land the Premier League title, it would do Arsenal a disservice to say that they were thoroughly outplayed in the encounter. However, despite having spells of pressure, there was no cutting edge up front for the Gunners, and it was no surprise that Chelsea were able to take advantage of Arsenal’s lack of prowess.
The biggest talking point of the game will come from Wenger and Mourinho’s tussle on the sidelines though. The game was hugely physical throughout, and there could have easily been several red cards for both sides. But it was Wenger’s decision to confront Mourinho after Gary Cahill had taken down Alexi Sanchez that proved to be the game’s ugliest moment. The usually calm and collected Frenchman even pushed his Portuguese adversary in the chest, and it shows that Mourinho really has gotten into Wenger’s head.
Wenger refused to apologize for the incident after the game.
“What is to regret after that? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me without any sign of welcome. B was Sanchez to see if he was injured. Was it a push? A little one. You can see when I really try to push.”
The Arsenal coach said that he now wanted to move on from the incident, but there is every likelihood that the FA will now get involved and either fine or suspend the Frenchman.
“It becomes heated because this is a big game, big clubs, big rivals, and important match for both teams. These conditions make a game of emotions. I do so many wrong things in football. But not this time because this time I was just in my technical area and it was not my problem. Game over. Story over.”
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