Arsene Wenger is to escape punishment from the English Football Association after the incident that saw him pushed his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. This is after the FA confirmed that it would not take further action, this is because the incident was dealt with by referee Martin Atkinson together with fourth official Jon Moss which forecloses the prospect of any retrospective punishment to be applied from the English Football Association.
The incident happened after Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to Gary Cahill’s tackle on Alexis Sanchez after 20 minutes of Sunday’s match by confronting Jose Mourinho, which led to the Frenchman shoving Chelsea’s manager, a situation that prompted fourth official Jon Moss to separate the pair. Before Martin Atkinson urged the two managers to calm down. Both managers did not shake hands after the match with the Portuguese the first to go down the tunnel before Arsene Wenger.
There have not been any love lost between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho which dates back to the latter’s first spell in England. The situation got to a head last season when he called Arsene Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’ a tag that seem to work against the Portuguese.
Sunday’s defeat at Stamford Bridge was the twelfth time Arsenal have failed to win against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. With Arsenal failing to have a shot on target in a Premier League match for the first time since September, 2003.
Goals from Eden Hazard from the penalty spot in the 27th minute and a second half strike from Diego Costa off a pass from Cesc Fabregas sealed a 2-0 win for the West London side which was their 7th win in 12 matches for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea over Arsenal.
The match was not without other incident, with Danny Welbeck escaping with just a yellow card after his two footed challenge on Cesc Fabregas late into the match.
Despite the managers coming too close for comfort in the match, both managers played down the incident after the match as nothing serious.
The defeat at the Bridge on Sunday means Arsenal have made their worst start to the Premier League since 2011. With just two wins from seven matches, leaving Arsenal languishing in 8th place nine points behind Chelsea who are in first place with 19 points.
It leaves Arsenal with a mountain to climb in the race to win the title for the first time in 11 years.