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Arsenal v Chelsea – Ex-striker warns Gunners stars: ‘Don’t get involved with Diego Costa!’

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith has told Gunners stars ‘not to get involved’ with Chelsea bad boy striker Diego Costa as the Premier League giants prepare for their Super Sunday clash.The previous meeting between the clubs hit the headlines after the Spanish striker tussled with a number of Arsenal players, with defender Gabriel Paulista sent off for his part in the scrap.The struggling top flight champions recorded a rare victory in that game, while they have lost just twice in 11 visits to the Emirates Stadium.But with 19 points currently separating the rivals in the top flight table, league leaders Arsenal have a chance to end their hoodoo with a victory at the weekend, and Smith has urged Arsene Wenger’s players to keep their heads when they face the troublesome Costa.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, plunderer-turned-pundit Smith said: “Costa was key at Stamford Bridge, when Gabriel got sucked into that spat.“He was a bit naïve to get sent off in that game, but I’m sure Arsene Wenger will talk with his defenders about Costa and just say, ‘don’t get involved, just concentrate on your game’.“Diego Costa absolutely loves winding players up. He thrives of it and he does a bit too much now, I think it detracts from his game.“But the Arsenal boys do not want to be getting involved in that on Sunday.”last_img read more