Wenger slams ‘diver’ Robben


Arsene Wenger has admitted his side didn’t do enough over two legs to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but also took the time to castigate Arjen Robben for his light-footed antics.

The Arsenal manager was unhappy with the Dutchman for his part in Wojciech Szczesny’s dismissal in the first leg, and was reduced to laughter on the sidelines when he went down in the box late on to win another penalty last night.

If there’s some small measure of justice both penalties were missed but the manager was determined to have his say after witnessing one of the dives of the season earlier in the game – for which Robben inexplicably escaped a booking.

“He’s a fantastic player, I would not deny that,” said Wenger. “He’s one of the best players in the world. But he gets in front of a player and then he slows down and goes down.

“He gets the free-kicks. That’s where we spoke about yesterday that the referee, if he gives him a yellow card on the first one when he goes down, he will not do it again. He’s a great player and as well a very good diver but it’s part of him.”

And referencing the first game, he said, “I felt it was not a red card, it’s as simple as that. Any foul in the box is then a red card. Even Uefa has come out and said that they have to re-think that problem.”

The manager was keen to praise his team for their efforts against a very good Bayern side though, and said, “I have to congratulate the players for the heart and the effort they put in tonight. They have been absolutely outstanding on that front. We wanted to come out of that tie tonight qualified and with pride.

“We did the second part, not the first part.”

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