Sead Kolasinac may have been the victim of a dreadful challenge from David Luiz at Stamford Bridge, but the Arsenal star was still more than happy with his afternoon’s work.
The Bosnian defender was left in a heap on the floor after Luiz lunged in on him late on during the goalless stalemate – a tackle which resulted in the Brazilian being sent off.
But he managed to get back to his feet and see out the final few minutes as the visitors earned a deserved point in west London.
And Kolasinac took to social media after the game to have his say.
“It was a great match,” he said. “With chances for both sides.
“The draw is acceptable, even though we wanted to win.”
Luiz’s red card left the Chelsea fans fuming, with boos ringing out for referee Michael Oliver after the full-time whistle.
But Arsene Wenger believes the Blues defender can have few arguments with the decision.
“It was excessive force,” said the Arsenal boss. “I think Kolasinac was not completely on his feet and eased a bit off.
“Even Luiz will accept he went in too strong. After that, it’s a decision of the referee that we have to accept.
“If you watch it again. It looked to me like excessive force.”
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Eden Hazard to start against Nottingham Forest
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested that Eden Hazard could start the EFL Cup game with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening.
The 26-year-old missed the first month of the campaign due to ankle surgery over the summer but has now featured from the bench in the Blues’ last three games against Leicester City, Qarabag and Arsenal.
Conte admitted that he has been cautious with easing the Belgian back into action but is now considering giving him a first start of the season in the cup encounter with the Championship side.
“The last 20 minutes [against Arsenal], Hazard played very well,” Conte told the Evening Standard after his side’s goalless draw with the Gunners this afternoon.
“Now, on Wednesday, he will have the possibility to start the game against Nottingham Forest and complete his recovery. We hope that everything is okay after this game.”
Hazard was a key component of Chelsea’s Premier League title success last season, scoring 16 goals and creating five more.