Arsenal legend Thierry Henry: Why I love Chelsea striker’s passion

Thierry Henry runs the rule on Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Thierry Henry says he loves Diego Costa passion, although the Arsenal legend admits the Chelsea striker went too far on two occasions during a 1-0 extra-time win against Liverpool.

The Spain international was at his troublesome best as the £32m summer signing tested Liverpool defenders Emre Can, Martin Srktel and Mamadou Sakho in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final last night.

However, Costa could find himself in hot water with the FA after the Chelsea striker was caught stamping on Reds duo Can and Skrtel during the win, unnoticed by referee Michael Oliver.

“You can see clearly that he meant that,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“I love the passion, I love the aggression but I think he went too far there.

“I think it was a red but the ref didn’t see it, the linesman didn’t see it and the fourth official didn’t see it.”

Costa has been an instant hit in the Premier League following his switch from Atletico Madrid in the summer, scoring 17 goals and making two assists in 19 top-flight games this season.

Arsenal legend Henry, who joined the Sky Sports punditry team earlier this month, is a big fan of the controversial Spain striker, praising the 25-year-old’s strength as a striker.

“The one with Stevie G I don’t actually mind,” Henry added.

“He’s letting them know he’s around and Stevie G does the same thing.

“I have to love the passion of the guy and the way he plays but on the two occasions here, especially with Can and Skrtel, he went overboard.”

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