Arsenal hero Martin Keown has called on Chelsea striker Diego Costa to 'just play the game' to become a legend.
Costa was embroiled in controversy as he played a key role in the sending off of Gunners defender Gabriel this past weekend - and Keown has insisted that he would have loved to have played against the enigmatic Spanish international.
Keown, who enjoyed a wonderful stint under the guidance of Arsene Wenger in north London throughout his lengthy career, has gone down as one of the most hard-hitting defenders of the Premier League era.
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And, unsurprisingly, the legendary defender has insisted that he wouldn't have been bullied by the Chelsea front man.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Keown stated: "Once in a while I wish I could beam a current player back to my era so I could play against them. Diego Costa is top of that list. I was a little bit crazy and I’m pretty sure he is too, so I’d love to go toe-to-toe with him and show him that I wouldn’t be bullied by him.
"My message for Costa himself is simple: you are an exceptionally good player with great strength, technical ability and pace. Embrace that and just play the game. Then you’ll go down a true legend."
Ultimately, Costa appears to be an accident waiting to happen. It's unlikely that he will continue to get away with his antics on the pitch.
Despite his early season struggles in front of goal, the former Atletico Madrid man is one of the standout strikers in the division, so should let his football do the talking. Unfortunately, he seems to be too focused on winding up his rivals.
Of course, it worked in his favour this past weekend, but he could yet face retrospective action from the FA. Chelsea have endured a difficult start to the season on the domestic scene, so can't afford to lose their star forward.
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