'Clever' Costa Scores After Mertesacker Red

Arsene Wenger conceded he was frustrated with Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League yesterday, a result which ensured the Gunners dropped to third in the table due to the weekend's results.

A red card shown to centre-back Per Mertesacker after just 18 minutes dealt a serious blow to Arsenal's hopes and they proved unable to find a way back after Diego Costa struck the only goal of the game for the visitors five minutes later.

His fellow countryman Diego Costa got the only goal of the game to give Chelsea the bragging rights, with Per Mertesacker's early dismissal helping send the points back to west London.

Wenger said: "Do you want to make a poll on every decision?"

The former Arsenal midfielder picked up the man of the match award on his return to the Emirates and played a key role in Chelsea's goal and the sending off of Per Mertesacker.

"Six points in two matches is very important for us because the table was not good", said 60-year-old Guidolin.

Arsenal are three points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City following Sunday's 1-0 defeat by the west London side. "We should come out of the game with at least a 1-1 even down to 10 men", Wenger said.

But Wenger remained happy with his team's showing: "The team [after the red card] was focused and fought until the last second". We had to take it on the chin and get on with the job.

"I made the decision and, for me, it was quite a normal decision".

He told Arsenal's official website: "We had such a high expectation level and to lose a game the way we did, it's really frustrating and hard to accept".

Guus Hiddink, meanwhile, refused to get carried away with Chelsea's top-four chances. "But if my captain says it, we follow our captain". "I think today (Sunday) was a special game".

Hiddink also revealed that Costa, withdrawn in the 68th minute, would undergo tests on a knee injury. I'd like to see the image and I'd give a fair judgement but, from what I saw, he was tripped. Costa's first major contribution was to draw the tackle from Per Mertesacker that earned the rangy German defender a straight red card, after being deemed to be last man.

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