The Saturday View - Wenger and Mourinho declare war again

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Kurt Zouma scored the Chelsea opener
Kurt Zouma scored the Chelsea opener

First there was the hand shake and then there was the reopening of hostilities between Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The old foes are back on a war footing after Chelsea recorded a 2-0 win against an Arsenal team reduced to nine-men at Stamford Bridge, with Wenger convinced Blues striker Diego Costa should have also seen red after his feisty performance.

It led to a couple of feisty post-match press-conferences, with Wenger going first as he accused Costa in a game that saw Arsenal lose both defender Gabriel and midfielder Santi Cazorla to red cards.

“He hits my player in the face and he always gets away with it,” fumed Wenger, as he reflected on his clash with Laurent Koscielny on the stroke of half-time.

“Why does Costa stay on the pitch? I agree Gabriel deserves to be sent off, but Costa will do the same next week and he will get away with it again. Look at the pictures, you can see what happened.”

Mourinho's side won the game thanks to goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard and was quick to respond to Wenger, as he loaded his verbal gun and pointed it in the direction of a familiar foe.

“My view is this,” responded Mourinho. “I play against Arsenal so many times and only one he (Wenger) didn’t moan.

“On that day, we lost the game, we lost the cup, it was not good for us. We behaved in a fantastic way, not crying, not moaning.

“I played my first derby in September 2000, Benfica v Porto and I told my players before the game, you need emotional control.

“I repeat, every derby you don’t win without emotional control. It is the basic thing of the game.

“I think you should speak about Gabriel Paulista. Speak about his mistake.

“Costa played like he has to play. That is why you have full stadiums. He was man of the match for me.

“I go to watch New Zealand v Argentina in the rugby World Cup tomorrow. Fantastic passion. I love it.

“If you want to play badminton, it is a nice game. A great sport is badminton. I like a sport with passion and this why I love football, I love rugby.

“I was told before the game that I have to cope with my defeats. Tonight he had to cope with his defeat. Bye.”

With that, Mourinho walked out of the press conference, with his latest explosive words left for all of us to digest.

The latest Mourinho/Wenger spat provided the big talking point of the day, yet there was a big shock in the late game as league leaders Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by West Ham.

Meanwhile, there is also an increasingly strong focus glaring down on Newcastle boss Steve McClaren after his side lost to Watford at St James’ Park.

McClaren has only been in charge of Newcastle for six games, but there are already some fans calling for him to be fired after a shocking defeat on home soil.

Saido Berahino scored on his first start since threatening to go on strike as West Brom beat Aston Villa in a West Midlands derby, while Stoke and Leicester played out a thrilling 2-2 draw.

There was also a big win for Bournemouth, who saw off a beleaguered Sunderland side 2-0.

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