Arsenal's Gabriel, No 5, reacts and puts his arms onto Chelsea's Diego Costa, No 19, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Diego Costa provided the lightning conductor as the longstanding friction between Chelsea and Arsenal crackled to the fore during his side's ill-tempered 2-0 victory in the Premier League. Costa sparked the incident, late in the first half, that culminated in the dismissal of Arsenal center-back Gabriel, who was goaded into kicking out at the Chelsea striker following a penalty-box scuffle involving Laurent Koscielny.Costa twice appeared to swing his arm at Koscielny and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was exasperated that referee Mike Dean had sent off Gabriel and allowed the Spain international to remain on the pitch.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dismissed Wenger's claims, however, and used the opportunity to lecture his long-time adversary on the importance of "emotional control".Asked to justify Costa's behavior, Mourinho said that the focus should instead be on Gabriel's "mistake" in retaliating.
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