Manchester City fans are absolutely spitting feathers after Arsene Wenger’s comments about Raheem Sterling.
City fans were livid after Wenger accused Sterling of diving for their side’s second goal – a penalty – on Sunday.
“I believe it was no penalty,” Wenger told BBC Sport. “We know that Sterling dives well, he does that very well.”
While the 22-year-old did go over pretty easily, it wasn’t exactly a ‘dive’ as there was contact.
A dive insinuates that the player has completely bamboozled the referee in an attempt to get their team a spot kick and thrown themselves to the floor without being so much as breathed on i.e. cheating. However, Nacho Monreal did make contact with Sterling. Therefore, no matter how easily the England international went down, we can’t actually complain too much.
Of course, Wenger disagreed and lashed out after the final whistle. His side simply aren’t as good as City’s and while Arsenal could have maybe stolen a point before Gabriel Jesus’ offside goal, the Gunners were never going to win.
I can’t help but feel that the boss directed the anger he felt at the situation in general at Sterling because he was the easy target.
Former striker Alan Shearer reckons that Wenger needs to apologise after his comments because they call Sterling’s integrity into question and it seems like City fans feel the same. Not that that’s a surprise.
As you can tell from these Tweets, fans of the Sky Blues are pretty angry with Le Professeur.
Heard a lot about Troy Deeney being disrespectful for saying Arsenal are soft. Wenger on Sterling seems much worse pic.twitter.com/tpRSsOx2W1
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) November 5, 2017
Wenger: “I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well.” pic.twitter.com/Zv7yaNQwyL
— City Watch (@City_Watch) November 5, 2017
What a stupid statement from Arsene Wenger saying that Sterling always dives.. I have never seen him do it at anytime he has been at City
— Franny Lee CBE (@FrannyLee7) November 6, 2017
Wenger owes Sterling an apology for questioning his integrity publicly after him being fouled for the penalty. Disgraceful comment.
— Shane Burns (@ShaneBurns_) November 5, 2017
As much as I like players and managers diverging from the usual post-match comments, Wenger saying Sterling “dives well” is out of order
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) November 5, 2017
Are the FA gonna take action against Wenger for his disgraceful comments on Sterling or what?
— . (@DeBruyneTouch) November 6, 2017
Wenger said Sterling dived (WHICH HE DID NOT) now media is focusing on that instead of how shit his team was. Mourinho tactics
— . (@BrxhimDiaz) November 6, 2017
Wenger owes Sterling some serious apologies… unfortunately, he's too classless
— MCFC Denver (@MCFCDenver) November 5, 2017
Disgusting comments from wenger re sterling. Always been a smacked arse but stooped to a new low there. Classless twat
— FailsworthOSC (@failsworthmcsc) November 5, 2017
Cant believe Wenger has decided to label Sterling as a cheat. Senility well and truly kicking in, the old bastard.
— Jake (@Everything_City) November 5, 2017