Arsene Wenger loves a good whinge and didn’t disappoint after his Arsenal side were deservedly beaten by Manchester City in an exciting match at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Frenchman not only complained about the referee for City’s third goal, perhaps with some merit, he also took some classless digs at Raheem Sterling – a player he tried and failed to sign a few months ago.
“Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season, the way they have started the quality they have, but you never know,” Wenger added in what started as a classy statement, before the inevitable…
“If on top of that they have decisions at home like that, they will be unstoppable.
“Overall, once again, the referee made the decision with a penalty and an offside goal. We are used to it when we come here. I feel they don’t work enough, because it happens every season. It is unacceptable.
“You have seen what I have seen. The fact you tell me it is an offside goal says enough. I don’t want to take anything away from the quality, but it happened at a moment when we were really in the game at 2-1 and it killed the game.
“It is the second year. We got two offside goals here last year and one this year. We put a lot of effort in and at 2-1 I thought we could come back. The 3-1 was an immense relief for them, an unexpected present. Of course, they are a top team, but that makes it even more difficult for you.”
The Arsenal boss, who looks destined to finish another season without the Premier League trophy, also took a nasty dig at Raheem Sterling, unexpected from a man who rarely accepts defeat with any dignity.
“I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well,” Wenger told BBC Match of the Day.
Arsenal are now 12 points behind leaders Man City with 11 games played and sit in sixth place.
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