Arsene Wenger slammed Raheem Sterling for diving against Arsenal on Sunday, angering Alan Shearer.
The Gunner succumbed to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Manchester City yesterday, losing to the superior side on the day, but the manner of the loss seemingly angered Wenger.
The Frenchman is likely to be punished by the FA following his full-time rant about the officiating of the match, citing a number of decisions which went against his side, but Alan Shearer insists Wenger was wrong to chastise Sterling also.
“I think it’s totally wrong,” Shearer said.
“It’s one thing to deflect from his own team’s inadequacies and deficiencies, it’s another one to question someone’s integrity and be wrong.
“I think he owes Sterling an apology there. There’s no way that’s a dive and that’s a penalty.”
The penalty was not the only decision which angered Wenger however, with the Citizens closing the game out at 3-1 thanks to a goal which clearly looked offside, and replays proved there was in fact two players behind the last defender at the time the ball was played, including the receiver.
It was Wenger’s comments about Sterling which provoked the above reaction however, with Wenger accusing the winger of diving when he claimed: “We know that Sterling dives well, and he does that [win the penalty] very well.”
Were we hard done-by by the officials? Did we deserve a point for our performance? Did Sterling dive or is it too close to call?