No one expected the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to be in a positive mood after a 3-1 loss at the hands of Manchester City but the experienced French tactician seems to be losing the plot.
You can’t hold your hopes high for a positive result against an attacking force such as Manchester City’s with a midfielder as a make-shift defender in the middle of a three-man defence. You can’t.
Especially if that midfielder is Francis Coquelin, a player not exactly known for his reliability and versatility.
Wenger’s attempt to stun and surprise Manchester City backfired as Coquelin widely struggled in an unfamiliar position on his first Premier League start since May.
Manchester City take full advantage of Arsene Wenger’s misconception and ran ragged the poor midfielder as his boss decided to blatantly switch focus to referees and Manchester City, instead of admitting to his own mistakes.
And instead of questioning his own choices and weird tactical ideas, Wenger first questioned Michael Oliver and Premier League refereeing, claiming the referees ‘don’t work enough’.
“The referees don’t work enough because the level drops every season at the moment and, overall, it’s unacceptable.”, Wenger told Sky Sports after pointing out that Michael Oliver made an ‘expected decision’.
“Overall, once again, the referee made the decision today with a soft penalty and an offside goal but we are used to it when we come here.”, he stated.
On top of it all the Frenchman went on to aim an unbelievable slur towards Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, accusing him of diving and adding that English winger ‘dives well’.
Manchester City scored two of their three goals from a doubtful foul and seemingly an offside position which provoked somewhat unprofessional reaction from Arsene Wenger who – in Alan Shearer’s opinion – should consider apologising to former Liverpool man.
“I believe it was no penalty. It was a provoked penalty by Sterling. We know that he dives well – he does that very well. And the third goal was offside.
“I am disappointed. You can accept if it City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but the way it happened is unacceptable.”, Wenger said.
Manchester City’s triumph over Arsenal pushed them 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League standings and 12 ahead of Arsenal who were stomped down to sixth place in the standings with Liverpool leapfrogging them after a compelling 4-1 at West Ham.