Wenger: Gunners ready for Costa battle

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side are ready to face Diego Costa, but warned them not to respond to the striker’s provocations on Sunday.

The Gunners welcome Chelsea to the Emirates this weekend and Costa’s actions from the previous encounter will still be fresh in their minds, with the Spaniard having copped a three-match ban for violent conduct after the game.

Wenger expects another battling display from the 27-year-old on Sunday and warned his players to remain calm and maintain their good disciplinary record.

“We have to be prepared for a battle because Costa gives you a fight,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference. “After that, it’s down to the referee.

“We are convinced that our points and our record are linked to our discipline.

“On the day we suffered because we were a bit unlucky with the decision of the referee.

“I believe we have a very strong record on the disciplinary front in the Premier League and we want to maintain it.”