Arsene Wenger avoids punishment for Jose Mourinho shove

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will avoid punishment for pushing rival boss Jose Mourinho during his side's 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Tempers flared early on in west London, with Wenger confronting Mourinho after a strong tackle from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez after just 20 minutes. The Frenchman remonstrated with his Chelsea counterpart before shoving him, prompting fourth official Jon Moss to intervene.


Tensions were high throughout the game, with Sanchez later accused of aiming a swing at Branislav Ivanovic, while Danny Welbeck was lucky to escape a red card for a two-footed lunge on Cesc Fabregas, as was Gary Cahill for the tackle which prompted Wenger's ire.

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A first half penalty from Eden Hazard and a decisive second half strike from Diego Costa,  who latched onto a fine through ball from former Arsenal favourite Cesc Fabregas - proved to be the difference between the two sides but it was the touchline incident between the two managers that dominated the headlines afterwards.


Both Mourinho and Wenger were keen to play down the incident after the game, and now the FA have confirmed that they will take no further action. That is because it was dealt with at the time by referee Martin Atkinson as well as Jon Moss, which means no retrospective punishment can be applied by English football's governing body.

Although he's dodged a bullet from the FA, Wenger will once more have to steady the ship after a defeat which means they've won just two Premier League fixtures this season - their last coming against Aston Villa on September 20.

That means the Gunners now sit down in 8th place, below north London rivals Tottenham who beat Southampton yesterday to move up to 6th.


Chelsea meanwhile are still flying high and remain unbeaten after yesterday's win. Jose Mourinho's men have 19 points from their first seven games going into the international break.

Meanwhile Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was taken to hospital after taking a blow to the head, and was later confirmed to have suffered a mild concussion.

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