Diego Costa is a serial cheat, according to former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood.
The Chelsea striker was the key player in the Blues 1-0 win at the Emirates on Sunday, when Per Mertesacker became the latest Arsenal player to get a red card due to the Spaniard.
The German defender was sent-off in the 18th minute for a late foul on Costa, who was running towards goal. Costa, who controversially got Gabriel sent off at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, then netted the winning goal five minutes later.
“He is a serial cheat and he gets away with it,” Hill-Wood said to The Daily Star. “I think he deliberately ran in front of Per Mertesacker, who hardly touched him.
“Yet Costa rolls around as if his legs have been cut off. Once the red card’s been shown, he’s suddenly perfectly all right again. That’s because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with him.
“Personally I think the referee should have sent him off for diving. It’s very annoying because to me it is blatant.”
The Spaniard has come alive again since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December and the Blues have not suffered a loss since Guus Hiddink joined them on the bench: three wins and four draws, resulting in 13 points under the Dutchman.
Arsenal have now gone nine Premier League matches without beating Chelsea, failing to score in their last six league meetings, stretching over a span of 572 minutes.
Had the Gunners beaten their London rivals, they would have been back on top of the Premier League table. However, Wenger’s men now trail leaders Leicester City by three points and have taken just two points from their last three games.
The defeat, therefore, has halted Arsenal’s charge towards the Premier League title, and there is a bit of panic settling among the Arsenal fans.