Laurent Koscielny has acknowledged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lost his temper with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho but offered an explanation for the boss’ behaviour, ESPN
Wenger was angered by a challenge from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez during the Blues’ 2-0 win over the Gunners on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Wenger and Mourinho were involved in an altercation in the aftermath of the tackle, with the Frenchman appearing to shove the Portuguese.
“There’s a long friendship between them,” Koscielny said, wryly. “It’s one of those things that happens in a game. It came about after a firm tackle by Cahill on Sanchez, and the coach was annoyed because Alexis had had the same thing done to him three days earlier against Galatasaray and the defender had only been booked. That’s why Arsene lost it a bit.”
Chelsea’s opening goal came from a Koscielny foul on Eden Hazard, the centre-back giving away a penalty which was converted by the Belgium international. It’s a frequent occurrence that Koscielny says he is working to correct. “It’s true that I’ve given away a large number of penalties. I don’t know if there’s a category for that in the Guinness Book of Records,” he said.
“Between Arsenal and France, I must have played 200 matches and given away eight penalties. It’s true that that’s a lot. If I could give them away when we are 4-0 up it would be better.”
Koscielny has been at the Emirates Stadium since 2010, moving to the London club from Lorient, having previously represented Tours and Guingamp. The 29-year-old has played more than 170 games for Arsenal and 19 has caps for France.
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