Forget Eden Hazard’s high-speed, jinking run that left Laurent Koscielny little choice but to bring him down in the penalty area, or the increasingly fearsome telepathy that’s brewing between Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
The only instance of note during Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea, if the post-match reaction is to be believed, was Arsene Wenger’s shoving match with Jose Mourinho.
Disgruntled with Gary Cahill’s lunge on Alexis Sanchez, Wenger had to be separated from the Portuguese manager by the fourth official. However, both bosses have since played down the incident, which is shown below:
While it was Wenger who was the aggressor in that altercation, another incident to add to the Frenchman’s surprisingly feisty history, it’s Mourinho who is the subject of Ladbrokes’ Breaking Bet following the handbags at dawn.
The bookie goes 8/11 that the Blues boss is sent to the stands at some point during the 2014/15 season which, considering Mourinho’s love of controversy, seems temptingly long.
Just last season, the former Real Madrid manager was given his marching orders twice. In a home game with Cardiff he was dismissed for repeatedly remonstrating with both the referee and the fourth official.
Later that season, in a 1-0 defeat away at Aston Villa, the tempestuous Portuguese again landed himself a seat in the stands, when he was ordered from the dugout for encroaching the pitch.
It’s unlikely, given the passion that Mourinho takes into each match, that the remainder of the season passes without incident, making the price Ladbrokes are offering too good to turn down.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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