Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are actually FRIENDS claims Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny

Centre-back says Wenger was just upset because of Sanchez treatment

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has insisted that his manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho are actually friends despite their continued rivalry that culminated in the pushing match at Stamford Bridge.

The French centre-back says that Wenger only overreacted because Alexis Sanchez, who was badly fouled by Gary Cahill speaking the incident, had received the same treatment against Galatasaray.

"It's a long history of friendship between the two coaches," the 29-year-old told reporters.

"After Cahill's tackle, I think the coach was a little upset because three days before Alexis Sanchez received the same tackle against Galatasaray. The player only got a yellow card. [Wenger] flew out of control."

Koscielny gave away away a penalty for Chelsea’s opening goal, bringing down Eden Hazard – it was the seventh penalty he’s conceded in the Premier League since the start of the 2010-11 season.

He joked that he could hold a world record for the amount of spot-kicks he’s given away.

"It is true that I have conceded many penalties I do not know if the Guinness Book of Records has that kind of record," Koscielny added.

Wenger and Mourinho clashed on the sidelines

"I have played about 200 games, and conceded eight penalties for Arsenal and the French team. If I could concede penalty kicks when the score is 4-0, it would be better for sure, but we don't choose.

"This weekend, there was a penalty. The situation must be judged early on. When Eden comes very quickly, he either scores or I clear the ball. It was toss of a coin."