Arsenal FC Legends Rip Arsene Wenger, State of Current Club

  • Arsenal FC Legends Rip Arsene Wenger, State of Current Club

Arsenal FC Legends Rip Arsene Wenger, State of Current Club

ARSENE WENGER branded Raheem Sterling a diver after his Arsenal side were beaten by leaders Manchester City.

Wenger was frustrated that referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty for Nacho Monreal's challenge on Sterling in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat at the Etihad, and then the match officials failed to spot that David Silva was marginally offside in the build-up to the third goal from Gabriel Jesus.

Wenger told the BBC's Match of the Day: "I believe it was no penalty".

Arsene Wenger saw Raheem Sterling diving for the penalty, which gave Man City their second goal.

"We all know Raheem Sterling can dive well".

He believes teams visit the Etihad Stadium these days expecting bad officiating, having also seen Arsenal lose to City last season courtesy of TWO offside goals.

"I am disappointed. You can accept if it City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but the way it happened is unacceptable".

The 26-year-old has offered an immediate return, netting six times in 12 appearances to date. They were good on the counter attack, and every time we lost the ball they looked unsafe.

Despite Arsenal's gripes, City were dominant as they extended their club record-winning run to 15 games.

With 31 points from a possible 33, Guardiola's men are firm title favourites.

Speaking about the penalty decision, Wenger added: "He looked for the penalty". It will be hard this season, the way they have started the quality they have, but you never know. "I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game".

He felt the two goals City got in this fixture last season should not have stood and implied they always get the decisions.

"But considering it was after a Champions League game, they rest all week, we were so, so exhausted in moments in the game but we were so strong mentally".

"They were not able to play the way they wanted in the final third and that is where Wilshere would have made a difference".