Wenger rips league-wide refereeing after Arsenal loss


"The referees don't work enough and the level drops every season".

While Wenger has a valid point concerning City's third goal at least, the reality is that Arsenal were only in the game going into the final quarter thanks to a couple of excellent saves from Petr Cech and some wayward finishing from the rampant league leaders. "Do you not want to play me?'"

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring inside 20 minutes before Sergio Aguero converted the second-half penalty. "At 2-1 we are in the game, and he gives a clear offside goal, and of course, that kills the game for us".

"It usually comes down to a few centimetres but David Silva had one leg and a part of the body that could score a goal beyond the last man".

"And if you see a year ago we conceded two offside goals as well, but of course they are a top team, but on top of that it makes things very hard for you".

Asked to describe the gap between City and his Arsenal side, 12 points behind, Wenger said: "I think they are a good side, and for the rest, I leave that to specialists".

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There's a good chance Arsenal would still have fallen to defeat no matter who started - Man City are simply a much better side - but Wenger's decision to bench Lacazette sends the wrong signal to both his players and the numerous fans who are increasingly questioning his abilities.

Former England and Newcastle striker Shearer even suggested the Arsenal manager should say sorry to Sterling, who was linked with a move to north London over the summer. "It was a provoked penalty by Sterling", Wenger said in an interview with the BBC.

"I think he owes Sterling an apology". "It is very harsh for him to say that".

Opposite number Pep Guardiola rebuffed Wenger's complaints by referring to the Gunners' contentious win at Burnley last season. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette briefly gave Arsenal hope of getting something from the game when he pulled one back, but nine minutes later, Jesus struck to seal a deserved win for the Cityzens.

Shearer said, "There is no way that was a dive and it was a penalty". The fact you tell me it is an offside goal is enough.