Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Diego Costa’s as Chelsea’s hero after the striker helped the Premier League champions defeat rivals Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard were on target as the Blues secured just their second domestic win of the season.
Mourinho’s side recovered some form with a midweek thrashing of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League.
And it was a case of the more of the same against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Mourinho said: “Good victory, we need to win matches. We won twice in three days, we kept two clean sheets. We controlled the matches.
“I don’t have a view on the sending off. Man of the match for sure was Diego Costa. He brought everything to the game.”
Arsenal were reduced to nine men with Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla both seeing red.
And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed Costa should have joined the duo in leaving the field early.
“Costa twice should be sent off. He hits him in the face on purpose. In every game he has aggravation and he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee. We knew before the game he is only looking at that.
“Gabriel should not have responded at all but the two sending offs for us and Costa staying on the pitch is a shame.”
The Gunners have 10 points while Chelsea have seven after Saturday’s game.