Wenger angered as City ride high
PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed Raheem Sterling “dives well” after Manchester City benefited from a controversial penalty decision in their 3-1 win over his side.
Gunners boss Wenger also felt the offside flag should have been raised in the build-up to the Premier League leaders’ third goal at the Etihad Stadium.
The spot-kick, awarded after Sterling was adjudged to have been bundled over by Nacho Monreal, allowed Sergio Aguero to put City 2-0 ahead early in the second half.
Alexandre Lacazette reduced the deficit, but David Silva played in Gabriel Jesus – after both players were ruled onside – to settle the game.
Wenger said: “I believe it was no penalty. It was a provoked penalty by Sterling. We know that he dives well – he does that very well.
“And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game and looked like we could score. The third goal was the killer.
“It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished. I am disappointed. You can accept it if City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but the way it happened is unacceptable.
“It is the second time in two years. We conceded two goals offside last year and we concede a goal here offside again.”