Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims Manchester City aren’t ‘unstoppable’ and blasts ‘atrocious’ Michael Oliver (but has he got it very wrong on his ‘expected goals’ claim?).
- Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month
- Arsene Wenger was aggrieved by a couple of contentious refereeing decisions
- Wenger claimed runaway Premier League leaders City aren’t ‘unstoppable’
- The Gunners manager has also labelled referee Michael Oliver as ‘atrocious’
Arsene Wenger says Manchester City are “not unstoppable” and claims the referee had an “atrocious impact” in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to the league-leaders earlier this month.
Manchester City continued their blistering form in their win over the Gunners – who face Spurs live in Premier League on Saturday – to move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, having won 10 of their 11 league encounters.
Arsenal sit sixth, 12 points off Pep Guardiola’s side, but Wenger insists City can be beaten.
“They are a good side but they are not an unstoppable side,” he told BeIN Sports.
“If you look at the expected goals, it was 0.7 for them and 0.6 for us, it was a very tight game.
Wenger was fuming with the officials after his side’s 3-1 defeat to City
“They created very little and very little shots on target, just one more than us.”
Wenger felt the match was a tighter affair than the scoreline suggested and inflicted blame on referee Michael Oliver for his role in the match, after City’s third goal was allowed despite goalscorer Gabriel Jesus appearing to be in an offside position.
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“The referee had an absolutely atrocious input to the result of the game,” the 68-year-old added.
“Overall we were hugely punished by the third goal because at 2-1 we would have been in the game.
“I don’t dispute that they are a good side, but they are not an unstoppable side.”
Manchester City have scored 38 goals from their 11 league games
Touching on the possibility of City going the whole season undefeated, Wenger cited his own ‘Invincibles’ – the side that completed the 2003-04 Premier League season undefeated – as the only club to have achieved the feat.
“People always want to predict what will happen in the game,” he added.
“I don’t know more than you, maybe, maybe not, but at the moment only one team has done it”.