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Arsenal and Chelsea both guilty of petulance

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In a week when one of England's brightest, young footballing talents was horrendously sidelined for six to nine months, many football fans can be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about when Diego Costa orchestrated the removal of opponent, Gabriel.

If the childish rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger wasn't enough to contend with, both managers' sides reflected their petulance and a lack of professionalism towards each other.

This cannot, surely be what hard working fans pay their money to see?

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Both Mourinho and Wenger are responsible for maintaining sporting rivalry in a professional way, especially considering the teams they manage.

Their behaviour right now falls way below that of a Sunday pub team and neither manager is doing themselves or their teams any good whatsoever.

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Excluding the fact referee, Mike Dean lost control of a seriously childish altercation on the field of play, it was fuelled by what essentially is a lack of professional respect.

So who is the winner in all of this?

Future implications

Today, maybe Chelsea - they secured three points. But what about tomorrow? Next week? Next month?

And how will these two teams play out the season?

When professional players become petulant in big games, they open themselves up to similar tactics by lower league teams, teams who can grind out a draw or even a shock win.

Now Costa has been given a three-game ban by The FA, he is surely going to be a marked man for the rest of the year and that's not going to help Chelsea out of their situation right now.

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Topics:
Premier League
Arsenal
Jose Mourinho
Chelsea
Arsene Wenger
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