Arsenal missed the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League – with Diego Costa netting the only goal of the game after Per Mertesacker’s costly dismissal in the first-half.
Arsenal, oh Arsenal. Arséne Wenger‘s side had the perfect opportunity to leapfrog their rivals back to the summit of the Premier League this evening – but instead, are left scratching their heads at what could’ve been.
Something that typifies their respective title charges of recent seasons, and how they’ve failed to sustain a proper challenge since last lifting the title itself, a decade ago.
Costa haunts Gunners once more
Diego Costa, who passed a late fitness test to start today, broke the deadlock with a well-taken strike at the near post in the 23rd minute, after intelligent movement allowed the Spaniard to weave past three Arsenal markers and fire home from Branislav Ivanovic‘s delivery in the area.
Chelsea players celebrate Costa’s opener | Image: Getty