Pep Guardiola has taken a shot at Arsene Wenger after Manchester City were awarded two ‘clear’ penalties during their 2-1 win over Huddersfield on Sunday.
Pep claims that City’s penalties were so clear, even Wenger would have agreed that referee Craig Pawson made the right decision in pointing to the spot.
“Two clear penalties,” Pep said.
“Maybe Arsene will say that is [a] penalty.
“I think the penalty is more than clear.”
The dig comes just weeks after Arsenal lost 3-1 at the Etihad. The second goal was a soft penalty and the other was offside, which Wenger was obviously annoyed with post-match. However, while there was no excuse for the offside goal, by the letter of the law, Nacho Monreal did make contact with Raheem Sterling for the spot-kick, even if the England international went over easily.
After the defeat, Wenger accused Sterling of diving.
“I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well,” he said. “And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game. The third goal was the killer and it is not by coincidence that mistakes always go for the home team, as we know.
“It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished. I am disappointed. You can accept it if City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but this is unacceptable. Last season we lost two offside goals and it has happened again.”
This is presumably why Pep felt the need to have a pop after City’s victory this weekend.
Earlier that afternoon, Arsenal had beaten Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor thanks to another last-minute penalty when Aaron Ramsey was pushed over in the box. Alexis Sanchez dispatched from the 12-yard mark, helping the Gunners to another three points.
The victory means that Arsenal are now in fourth place, one point behind Chelsea in third and four shy of Manchester United in second. However, we’re still a considerable 12 points adrift of City at the top of the table.