The Frenchman said after the match that Sterling "dives well" before launching a scathing attack on the "unacceptable" standard of refereeing in the Premier League.
"I feel that there is still good quality in this Arsenal team - maybe we just need more spirit and commitment". When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele and (Adam) Lallana. I think more substitutions should have been made in the midfield area: "Ozil was on the pitch, but he was just a ghost". I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper.
The north London club conceded the first goal following a brilliant run by Kevin de Bruyne as he waltzed past Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny and slotted the ball through an outstretched Petr Cech.
Southgate also revealed Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater had turned down an invitation to join up with the squad. Of course, it's not nice to see that he didn't start that match, but it was - as Arsene Wenger explained - for tactical reasons.
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Football has revisited the 'he's not that type of player' argument hundreds of times and while bad tackles and crude words may be out of character for particular individuals, that doesn't excuse them when they eventually lose their tongue.
Back in the summer, Gooners were optimistic for the 2017-18 season after Arsenal smashed their club transfer record on Alexandre Lacazette.
Koscielny has almost 50 caps for the French national side but will aim to quit on a high note in Russia. They have the positional understanding, the spatial connection, the sense of danger, the reading of the game, the play the role successfully.