Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Sterling Knows He Dived,' Says Wenger

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Sterling Knows He Dived,' Says Wenger

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ARSENE Wenger insists even Raheem Sterling knows he dived against Arsenal - but says any of his strikers would have done the same.

The City forward was fouled in the box by Nacho Monreal to earn a penalty during the Etihad clash earlier this month to help the Blues win the match and leave Wenger spitting feathers . His assertion that 'we know that Sterling dives well' was slammed by just about everyone on the planet, with MOTD pundit Alan Shearer calling on the Gunners boss to apologise to the player he liked enough to try and sign in the summer.

A week on from the furore, Wenger has attempted to clarify his comments in much the same way that the Foreign Secretary tried to reverse the mess he has created.

"I didn't say that in a negative way, I said he used the fact he was in front of our defender [Monreal] to dive and he dived," he said. …

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