Arsenal’s lumbering German was out-paced by Diego Costa in the first half at the Emirates and the Arsenal fans were left fuming at Per Mertesacker’s poor judgement and lack of pace.
The Spanish striker made a few tumbles once he had been taken down but the red card was never in question as the Arsenal defence was caught well up the pitch once more. Fortunately, for our entertainment, Mertesacker’s red card means we get the pleasure of seeing Diego Costa versus Gabriel once more, after their spat earlier in the season.
Here are some of the more ridiculous tweets..
Mertesacker was exposed, he tried to recover by making a pointless stupid tackle. He has disorganised everything.
— Niko (@Nikomarvel) January 24, 2016
Both pointless and stupid, that really is mean.
Mertesacker's too damn slow. If you can't out-run Costa the game's up. #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 24, 2016
Once more, Piers is out of touch with Costa’s return to form..
Brutally, its not long until the BFG will be up against the best.
Messi vs Mertesacker will get very ugly. Very quickly!
— Chef (@champ_ian) January 24, 2016
Bit of optimism that it was a dive, it was as stupid as it gets from the German, wasn’t it?
In fairness Costa did dive. Still a stupid challenge from Mertesacker, but a dive nonetheless.
— William Target (@WilmaVonTrapp) January 24, 2016
Quite a lot will probably agree with this guy’s shout about inflicting pain on friendly Diego.
If I was Mertesacker I'd be quite upset with that red, always thought if you're going to get a red should at least inflict some pain.
— Schimtiaaz (@ImtiaazButt) January 24, 2016
Costa just doesn’t really get all that fussed about upsetting people, does he?
Costa fakes injury to get Gabriel sent off & now dives to get Mertesacker sent off. No words for players like him tbh
— EmanDaGoon #MANDM (@EmanDaGoon) January 24, 2016
It could be a long afternoon for Arsenal fans as their side prepares to choke again.