Arsene Wenger sends wrong message by benching Alexandre Lacazette

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"The referees don't work enough because the level drops every season and it's unacceptable what happens".

Wenger's goalkeeper Petr Cech was rather more sympathetic towards the officials, however, acknowledging the difficulty of their job.

City's third goal frustrated Arsenal even more, as David Silva teed up Gabriel Jesus for an easy finish despite the Spaniard appearing to stray offside in the build-up.

In his post-match press conference, he added: "You have seen what I've seen, you judge how you want". It was a soft penalty and an offside goal but we are used to it when you come here.

"It is the second time in two years".

Wenger later described the key refereeing decisions in the game as "just wrong" before focusing his ire squarely at City forward Sterling. "We know that Sterling dives well, he does that very well".

Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back for the visitors midway through the second half but it proved to be inadequate as the Gunners fell 12 points behind City.

His outburst angered Shearer, though, the Newcastle United legend calling on Wenger to apologise to the England global.

Wenger's attack on Sterling was viewed dimly by Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, both of whom disagreed with his assessment.

Sterling, admittedly, has a reputation for diving but it did indeed seem to be a legitimate penalty on Sunday as Monreal only had eyes for the player and clumsily took him down.

"I think he owes Sterling an apology". "There's no way that's a dive and that's a penalty".

Iwobi started Arsenal's 0-0 draw at Chelsea, and Wenger said afterwards: "I like the fact that he can play in tight areas, that he turns the game forwards, that he's very mobile". "It's harsh for Wenger to say that, it's not good". "He was on his own up front in the first half but had not enough support".

Wenger insists his side battled well against leaders City, and caused unsafe situations themselves at the Etihad.

He said: "We won in the best way and we deserved (it) by far, (for) he chances we created and the few chances we conceded".

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