Former Arsenal manager George Graham reckons that after yesterday’s incident with Arsenal defender Gabriel Chelsea striker Diego Costa will now be targeted by the games’ officials and by his rivals:
“I think Costa is going to be targeted man now by the officials and probably rightly so.
“[Didier] Drogba was the main [Chelsea] man for nearly 10 years and he was very, very physical but he didn’t take to the extremes that Costa has taken it to.
“Although you’ve got to keep that physical intensity, once you step over the mark he’s got to be dealt with by officials, it’s as simple as that – and I think he will be.“
“Wenger is not the most strict manager and he really needs to get hold of his own players because there’s no way Gabriel should have been sent off – it’s his own stupidity that got him sent off and they’ve got to handle that.
“[But] Arsene does it his way and look at the record he has got in English football – he has been instrumental in getting a certain way of playing, the diet – he’s brought all these things and trophies as well so how can you fault him?”