It has this evening been announced that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be punished by the FA for his comments regarding Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.
City and Arsenal went head to head in a Premier League clash at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, with Pep Guardiola’s league leaders eventually emerging with a 3-1 win to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
However, the victory was far from a straightforward one, with several flashpoints having come to the fore over the course of the 90 minutes.
There was widespread debate regarding Michael Oliver’s decision to award a penalty to the Citizens following the interval, after Nacho Monreal and Raheem Sterling came together following the latter’s perfectly timed run in behind the Gunners’ backline.
The challenge looked a penalty on initial viewing, but replays showed that Monreal’s efforts to ease Sterling off the ball could easily have been interpreted as little more than a shoulder to shoulder clash.
There was also a tangling of legs, though, with many claiming that this factor meant the awarding of a spot-kick was the correct decision.
One man who was certainly not of this opinion, though, was Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The French tactician let his emotions get the better of him when discussing the decision in his post-match interview, as he suggested that Raheem Sterling is gifted in the art of simulation:
‘I believe it was no penalty. We know that Sterling dives well he does that very well.’
It had been widely predicted that Wenger would face a charge from the FA for his jibe, with many having claimed that the Gunners boss was way out of line with his comments.
However, surprisingly, it has this evening been revealed that Wenger will not face any disciplinary action for his outburst:
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 7, 2017