London - Wilfried Bony has slammed Manuel
Pellegrini for failing to start him in Manchester City's defeat at Premier
League title rivals Arsenal.
Ivory Coast striker Bony had scored three
in four games while City's star forward Sergio Aguero was out with a heel
But Aguero was back for Monday's clash at
the Emirates Stadium and started as City lost 2-1 in a match that could have a
significant bearing on the title race.
With City boss Pellegrini's position
already under increased speculation following Pep Guardiola's announcement he
will be leaving Bayern Munich next year, Bony has heaped more pressure on the
Chilean with his rant.
When asked by reporters if he deserved to
be starting instead of coming off the bench in the second half, Bony said:
"I think so.
"He (Aguero) is coming back from
injury. He hasn't played for a couple of weeks. I'm disappointed today that I
didn't start but I'm not the coach.
"The coach does what he thinks is best
for the team. I'm sure everyone on the bench wants to play. He just has to
choose 11 players.
"So when I come on I just try to do my
best to try to score or to give an assist to the other players to score to help
the team to win."
Bony, 27, arrived at City from Swansea in
January for a fee of $41.5 million but has only started 10 league games in that
He also revealed he would talk to
Pellegrini about his position amid speculation regarding his own future.
"That's my feeling today," he
said when asked if he would air his views to his manager.
"We have lost the game so we just have
to be ready for the next game. I will continue to work hard and think about the
next game, prepare very well then it will depend on the coach who he is going
to put in."