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Manchester City shocked at Arsène Wenger diver claim over Raheem Sterling

• Wenger admires Sterling enough to have tried to sign him last summer
• City conscious that Arsenal have benefited from referees’ decisions

Manchester City are shocked that Arsène Wenger questioned Raheem Sterling’s integrity after Manchester City 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, especially as the manager’s admiration for the forward led him to move for the player last summer.

Wenger accused Sterling of diving to win a 50th-minute penalty that Sergio Agüero converted to give Pep Guardiola’s team a 2-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium. The Frenchman’s view of the 22-year-old has been met with some disquiet at City, it is understood. This is because Wenger previously held the him in high enough esteem to try to prise him from the club as part of a deal that would have involved Alexis Sánchez moving in the opposite direction.

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