Arsene Wenger didn’t pull any punches in his post-match assessment of Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Trailing to a sublime Kevin De Bruyne strike in the first half, Arsenal’s troubles were compounded when Nacho Monreal fouled Raheem Sterling in the box, forcing referee Michael Oliver to point to the spot.
All-time Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero converted via the inside of the post to double the hosts’ advantage before substitute Alexandre Lacazette gave The Gunners a glimmer of hope with a clinical finish.
Any Arsenal optimism was washed away when another substitute added his name to the scoresheet, this time Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, but the Brazilian’s finish was aided by Arsenal’s statuesque defending as they appealed for an offside call in the build-up.
Needless to say, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quick to address both contentious moments, saying, “I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well.”
“And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game.”
The result leaves Arsenal in 6th position in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of Manchester City, and is their fourth loss of the league campaign after just 11 games.
Arsene Wenger will use the international break to allow the red mist to dissipate, but will return the following weekend for a much-anticipated North London derby against fierce rivals Tottenham at The Emirates.