Wenger an­gered as City ride high

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

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