Wenger – “Costa ban has only repaired five per cent of the damage”

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After the F.A decided to give Costa a three match ban following the game against at Stamford Bridge, the Arsenal manager had a few things to say about the decision:

on Gabriel’s red card being overturned…

That just shows that they decided after the game what should have been decided during the game and they repair five per cent of the damage that has been done to us. Instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11.

on the FA’s decision having any effect on Arsenal…

Not to us. It does not help us too much. On the day I watched the game again. It is better I don’t talk too much because it was really surprising in this game that some incidents were handled very lightly and not seriously and it is better I don’t talk too much as I’m still angry about it. One or two situations in the game are difficult to understand when you watch it again.

on if he will point that out to the FA…

No, I think I’m in a job where I have to swallow things that are not right but I have just got to focus on the next game.

on the charge tomorrow…

I said after the game he should not have responded at all and I maintain that. I told him that but when I saw it again he had not done a lot, but you want them to have a fair judgement and we will accept what they decide. That is part of it.

on if he thinks the FA will take into account the result…

No I don’t think they will. They will judge that situation and it is right. You cannot consider the whole context of the game, you want them to judge and decide and we will accept the decision.

on if he is surprised Costa got a ban…

No.

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