Wenger was angry after watching Sterling going down after a clash with Nacho Monreal during the 0.7-0.6 defeat at the Etihad, saying: "We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well".
Sterling went down in the area under pressure from Nacho Monreal just after half-time in their final match before the worldwide break, and Sergio Aguero duly converted the penalty. "In the heat of the moment of course he'll deny it".
"I didn't say it [that he dived], in a negative way".
"He cared so much and it made me feel so good".
The Citizens have got off to a blistering start in the Premier League after winning 10 and drawing one of their opening 11 matches to sit eight points clear at the top of the standings.
"That's where the difference is and in big games like that you have to look at the defender and what he's doing, not what the striker is doing". [Sterling] used the naivety of the referee in a very positive way.
Edu will watch his country take on England at Wembley this evening and has recalled some of the memories from his time in London.
Arsene Wenger launched another scathing attack on referee Michael Oliver and again labelled Raheem Sterling a diver.
"Look at their schedule and look at how many will go to the World Cup, then you have the answer [to why they can not do their "homework"]".
And speaking to BeIn Sports, the 68-year-old explained his fury was with the officials, rather than Sterling and claimed they should "look at themselves". "Then you have the answer". "I am 35 years in this job [as a football manager]".
"They have to absorb their wrong decision and stand up for it".