On a day when Japan, Gloucestershire and West Ham were all unlikely victors in their respective fields, Diego Costa’s antics for Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge remained one of the biggest talking points of Saturday’s sporting action.
The antagonistic striker played a central role in the Blues’ 2-0 win over the nine-man Gunners, although didn’t actually get on the scoresheet and didn’t have an assist either.
Instead, his now famous scheming and meddling with centre-backs ensured Gabriel Paulista was sent off in the first half, sending fans and pundits into overdrive in discussing his behaviour.
Here’s the complete social media roundup on the early Saturday kickoff:
Having initiated a scuffle with Gabriel, and luckily escaping red himself, Costa expertly drew on his experience as a naughty schoolboy to get the defender to kick out:
Diego Costa be like… pic.twitter.com/n4BE9xzPqv
— John Potts (@johnpottm) September 19, 2015
Chelsea fans became expert spin doctors in defending their man:
Unreal Diego Costa helping Koscielny protect his eyes from the burning sun. this is fair play. This is football. pic.twitter.com/RuGT2diVEr
— Catalan Cafu (@ElAficionadofcb) September 19, 2015
This Twitter account looks a brilliant creation after Gabriel’s furious reaction to the red card:
Standing outside Diego Costa’s house. pic.twitter.com/0qRDTHRBnt
— Violent Gabriel (@GabrielKillYou) September 19, 2015
Arsene Wenger was not best pleased with Costa’s antics:
Diego Costa coming off, Arsene Wenger waiting for him like… pic.twitter.com/4yRpFhaOfL
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) September 19, 2015
Unbelievably, the striker is officially an angel according to disciplinary records:
When you find out Diego Costa hasn’t been sent off since 2012… http://t.co/y68WFC3JEI
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) September 19, 2015
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