Hazard and Costa made the difference claimed Arsene Wenger in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday – not Cesc Fabregas.
Former Arsenal captain Fabregas was lauded for his display in Chelsea’s midfield but Hazard and Costa got the goals, and Wenger was reluctant to hand out too much praise to the Spaniard.
“He did well but I think in midfield it was very even,” Wenger said when quizzed on Fabregas’ performance.
“At the end of the day it is Hazard and Diego Costa who made the difference.”
Wenger controversially shoved his opposite number Jose Mourinho in what was a heated London derby, and the Frenchman felt it was a game of fine margins.
“It was a very intense game. Very tight as well,” he said. “It was about not making a mistake and not giving the first goal away.
“After that we were 1-0 down. We had good opportunities in the first half and we have to turn these into dangerous situations and finish them.
“After that in the second half it was all us and we were a bit unlucky. We made a mistake on the second goal, and the second goal killed the game off.”
He added: “They are a physical team and have technical individual players. We knew it would be a game that would come down to little details that were on their side.
“It was a very even game today. If you look at the number of saves our keeper made today, it was nothing. Their keeper as well.
“The game was who can take advantage of an opportunity that the other team gives away.
“I think we turned up with a strong performance, with a strong spirit and it was down to very little today.”