Arsene Wenger: Arsenal manager says referees get worse every year

Arsene Wenger was unhappy with the standard of officiating at the Etihad on Sunday
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Lacazette started on the bench, but he made an nearly immediate impact as he scored 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute to reduce the Gunners' arrears at the Etihad.

Gunners boss Wenger also felt the offside flag should have been raised in the build-up to the Premier League leaders' third goal at the Etihad Stadium.

Petit, who won the double under Arsene Wenger, believes his old manager made a mistake for the game against Man City that set the Gunners up to lose. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well. "Of course, Man City are on a high, but I felt we had plenty of unsafe situations and chances and I would say overall, once again, the referee made the decisions today with a soft penalty and an offside goal".

"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".

The Gunners are now sixth in the PremierLeague, 12 points behind leaders City.

"I feel the referees don't work enough". If on top of that at home they have decisions like that, they will be unstoppable.

Those are the thoughts of BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer. The England global was awarded the spot-kick - which was converted by Sergio Aguero - after being bundled over by Nacho Monreal.

"I think it is totally wrong", Shearer said.

"It's one thing for Wenger to deflect from his team's inadequacies and deficiencies, it's another to question someone's integrity and be wrong".

"I think in first half we were too deep, second half we were much more in it. There is no way that's a dive and it was a penalty".

I can't comment on the penalty because of my angle, but the third goal, I was surprised.

He added: "When you see the incident, it was a penalty". What does that say not only to him, but to the rest of his teammates?

For all Arsenal's gripes, City were the dominant side and deserved victory.

They opened the scoring through Kevin De Bruyne in the 19th minute and created numerous other openings. After his, the notable transfers come flowing through with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Petr Cech, Granit Xhaka and most recently Alexandre Lacazette among the stars of Arsenal.

City manager Pep Guardiola had no time for Wenger's complaints.

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