MOTD pundit slams Wenger after incident in Arsenal v Man City clash
By George Brooks
Alan Shearer says Arsene Wenger should apologise to Raheem Sterling, after the Arsenal boss accused the Manchester City player of diving.
Wenger’s side were beaten 3-1 by the Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Sterling went down in the box after a challenge by Nacho Monreal early in the second half.
Wenger disagreed with referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award a penalty, which Sergio Augero scored to put City 2-0 ahead.
“I believe it was no penalty,” Wenger told BBC Sport after the defeat.
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“We know that Sterling dives well, he does that very well.”
BBC pundit Shearer, who has been critical of Arsenal in recent seasons, said that Wenger was “totally wrong” to accuse the player of diving and insisted that he should apologise to him.
“I think he owes Sterling an apology. There is no way that was a dive and it was a penalty,” said Shearer on Match of the Day 2, which was broadcast on BBC One at 10:30pm on Sunday night .
“It’s one thing for Wenger to deflect from his team’s inadequacies and deficiencies, it’s another to question someone’s integrity and be wrong.”
Wenger’s side got themselves back into the game with a goal from substitute Alexandre Lacezette, but Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory for the home side after David Silva’s cutback.
Shearer was also very critical of the Arsenal boss for leaving the his record signing Lacezette on the bench, despite him scoring six league goals this season.
The defeat sees Wenger’s side slip to sixth in the table, 12 points behind the leaders.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s City have made their best ever start to a Premier League season, taking 31 points from their opening 11 games.
In other Arsenal news, Sky Sports’ football expert Charlie Nicholas says Wenger does not trust this Gunners star.