And Wenger, whose side now sit sixth in the standings and 12 points off the pace at the top, held little back in his assessment of the refereeing in the English top-flight. "That Debuchy had just come back from [being] a long-time absentee", Wenger said after the loss to the title favourites, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
He told the BBC's Match of the Day: "I believe it was no penalty". Overall it's unacceptable what happens.
"The physical level [of the officials] is very good, it's the decisions [that are not very good]". "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".
He felt the two goals City got in this fixture last season should not have stood and implied they always get the decisions.
Shearer said, "There is no way that was a dive and it was a penalty. If on top of that at home they have decisions like that, they will be unstoppable".
"I think it was an intense game of quality from both sides". "The referees don't work enough", he said. "And that kills the game for us".
It didn't help Wenger's cause when he brought on Laca with 25 mins to go and he immediately scored another goal to bring us back into the game, while Sanchez was again goal-less after 90 minutes.
Hmm I wonder why it would be a "huge mental test" for Alexis unless Wenger is admitting that the Chilean was close to signing for City. We created risky situations. "We went through a very hard phase with important matches against Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea without important players", said United manager Jose Mourinho when asked about the gap.
Arsenal lost 3-1 to Pep Guardiola's side and French midfielder's selection was one that was questioned after the game as he did look out of his depth during the course of his 56 minutes on the pitch.
Arsene Wenger has attracted more than his fair share of criticism during his time as Arsenal manager.