Arsenal boss Wenger blasts Sterling: We know he dives well

Date published: Monday 6th November 2017 8:22

Arsene Wenger accused Raheem Sterling of diving and criticised the standard of refereeing after his Arsenal side were beaten 3-1 at Manchester City.

The Gunners boss claimed Sterling “dives well” after earning the penalty which allowed the Premier League leaders to take a 2-0 lead in Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.

He was then further infuriated that neither David Silva nor goalscorer Gabriel Jesus were flagged offside in the build-up to City’s third goal.

Wenger told the BBC’s Match of the Day: “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 disappointed. You can accept if it City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but the way it happened is unacceptable.”

City’s victory lifted them eight points clear at the top of the table and 12 ahead of the Gunners.

Turning his attention to referee Michael Oliver, Wenger said: “Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season – the way they have started, the way they are on a run, the quality they have. If on top of that at home they have decisions like that, they will be unstoppable.”

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