The Arsenal manager has come out firing after his side’s loss to Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger has levelled much of the blame for Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at the Eithad right at the door of referee Michael Oliver and his fellow officials.
The Gunners were 1-0 down heading into the second half, and on 50 minutes Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been brought down in the opposition box by Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal – a decision which left Wenger seething in a post-match interview.
The irate Frenchman believes that Sterling has form for diving, and continued to do so in today’s game.
“I believe it was no penalty,” Wenger told Match of the Day.
“We know that Sterling dives well, he does that very well.”
The decision and subsequent penalty can be seen just below.
Elsewhere, despite Alexandre Lacazette’s goal 15 minutes later, Manchester City put the tie to bed soon after after a Gabriel Jesus goal which Wenger believes was offside.
“I would say overall the referee made the decision today, with the soft penalty and the offside goal,” he said via Sky Sports.
“But we are used to it when coming here, last year they had two offside goals, and once again, I feel they don’t work enough, because the level drops every season at the moment. Overall it’s unacceptable what happens.
“The physical level is very good, the decisions [are not]. At 2-1 we are in the game, and he gives a clear offside goal, and of course that kills the game for us.”
The loss puts Arsenal sixth in the Premier League table, already 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. The Gunners face bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a north London derby on the 18th of November after the upcoming international break.