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.”


  1. I genuinely think robben is more suited to olympic diving

    Though he’d probably find a way of cheating at that too

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  2. Although we were not quite good enough over two legs, we made a good game of it when it was 11 v. 11 and i’m happy about that. The bookies had even had a draw at 6 or so /1 ridiculous.. We did well considering how good Bayern are.

    However Robben has been a diving c*nt over both games, diving persistently, and twice to win pens.

    From what I can remember he was the same in the premier league when he was at chelski. Hated him then, hate him now. One of the worst.

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    • Blaming defenders for diving theatrics is like blaming a victim for being raped.

      Secondly, I don’t want no serial rap…err diving scum in our team.

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  4. Think when you’re called a diver by someone whos been around the game nearly half his life (and trust me he has many divers in his time)…..you just have to fucking take it, you robust cunt!

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    • He basically inherits the best and richest teams in the world and tells the players to pass the ball until the opposition dies of boredom, I’d say he’s one of the luckiest guys in the world because he gets paid for this.

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    • At Barca I rated Pep as a man and as a coach. It was hard to tell how much of a role he had in their success, because he was at the club for a while. But with Bayern, he inherited a treble-winning team, and made them Barca-esque in style. So the ‘inheritor’ tag is very hard to shake. He did himself no favors moving to Barca – he chose certain glory over a challenge. Man Utd, Chelsea, and City would have all been good challenges. Unless things change in the next few years, it will be interesting to see where he goes next: the Italian league has Juve but they aren’t dominating Europe; the Premier League is too competitive for him to waltz into and win with ease, and he could never go to Real Madrid of course.

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      • Premier League referees do not officiate games the way Pep needs them to be officiated in order for his “tactics” to be effective.

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      • I had the same thoughts while watching the game… The cynical fouls and diving reminded me of our previous matches with his Barcelona.

        The best manager? In my mind the best manager in the world wins by fair means, skill, and by being better. His team is very good, but we were playing without 9 injured 1st teamers, putting up with shoddy decisions (as always), a heavier fixture schedule, and constant cheating by the Buyern players to deceive the referee.

        It is obvious to all now is you have to cheat to win in football, especially in the Champions League where every year we don’t get any big decisions in our favour.

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  5. I still don’t understand why the ref didn’t give him a yellow card for the first dive? It was disgusting.

    As for Arsenal… I’m just a fan, so I don’t see the players day in, day out, and I’m obviously not as qualified as Wenger, and I know it’s a cliché, but Arsenal have been lacking a tough tackling midfielder since Vieira. Arteta just isn’t mobile enough. I just wish we had a strong, tall midfielder who could just sit in in front of the back four and play simple balls to the attacking midfielders, a young Gilberto would be perfect for this team. Cazorla is great at many things, but playing central midfield and having to put a shift in, closing down and tackling isn’t part of his game. We need a athletic ball-winner who isn’t interested in attacking, so that our attacking players can be vaguely fresh when they get the ball.

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      • Diaby is a myth. He was never a robust, physically aggressive player. He’s big but he’s dainty. He looked bulky once upon a time, but it didn’t last. A fully fit Diaby would not get into our midfield.

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        • I have my issues with waiting on Diaby but if his leg had not been destroyed by a disgusting incident you would never have thought of writing that. Identical? No. He would have been his own beast. Tired of people slagging a guy with shit luck.

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        • What you say is true, but the fact is that the player he’s been after injury has not been a world beater. Perhaps before he was injured he would’ve developed differently – we’ll never know. I’m not slagging him off, just saying he’s not our savior.

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        • Whenever he’s fit he does get into our midfield. Always has. He’d get as much opportunity as any of them.

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        • ZDR, you’re completely wrong about Diaby. Early last season he showed his brilliance. His game against Liverpool was one of the most complete I’ve ever seen.

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    • Flamini? (minus the tall part)

      And Ramsey fits everything you mentioned until “who isn’t interested in attacking.” We really have been missing that tough tackling midfielder—but only since Ramsey went out.

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  6. Robben joined my list of unforgivable cunts the moment he failed to score against Chelsea in the 2012 UCL final. The balding selfish bastard.

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  8. Made me think about robben island, and then rottnest island, and then rattface robben left to rot, in a nest, on an island

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  9. Arjen Robben is a complete c*nt ref was out of his depth seen the goblin dive and didn’t even flash a card and then rewards him for more theatrics toward the end. Playing Bayern is hard enough but playing Bayern with 2 refs on their side is impossible, hopefully justice will prevail and the goblin and his team mates fall in the next round. ATWD

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  10. The referee had an absolute shit game! Can’t believe the inconsistencies in his calling of fouls. Have to also say we didn’t close down or press at all in the first half. We just didn’t do enough knowing we needed two goals. Great heart shown in the 2nd half and over all I’m proud of our boys for grabbing at least a draw.

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  11. Ok here’s a tough question for all of you:

    All other things being equal, which one would you rather have on your team: Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, or Ruud Van Nistelrooy?

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  12. When it was clear we were going to lose anyway, someone should have tackled Robben with both feet straight, studs first in knee height. Red card be damned. We should have kept Frimpong on the books and on the bench for just this kind of occasion. It would be doing the game of football a favor putting Robben on the sidelines for awhile. He is a disgrace to the game.

    We could do with a Roy Keane type in the Squad. Someone who Bears a grudge and will bide his time, Even if it take years, and plot his Revenge, and when the oppurtunity present itself, he strikes. Just because No one fucks with your team mates and walks away from it. :p You get carried out on a stretcher.

    Nah, im kidding, but Robben really do piss me off, but i would not encourage violence just because he tricks the system. Perhaps the system needs to change so it is not so easily fooled. Video watching 5th and 6th referee perhaps. Or maybe a 3 game ban can be enforced Even after the game if the video tapes show foul play of someone cheating the referee.

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        • Unfortunately you’re probably right.
          If he weren’t a footballer, he would be wearing leisure suits and running insurance fraud scams or selling faulty (fallty?) vehicles.

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    • He didnt trick the system. Methinks the system played along. Otherwise he wouldnt have gone unbooked after dive no 1. Heck, he wasnt even reprimanded. Its a conspiracy in my book.

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      • The ref would say he wasn’t sure if a dive had taken place but he was sure there was no deliberate contact. That’s how refs justify not booking rotten cheating diving cunts.

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  13. All I can picture is Wenger actually bodyslamming that half cunt WWE style.

    If Robben was a WWE entertainer, he’d be the worst kind, y’know the one that can’t even act, some half wit no no with a stupid shirt.

    Wenger would be Le Professeur and would old school the shit out of that cone headed double cunt with a chair to the knees. Then walk off wit the Queen or somthin;

    I’m on drugs atm

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  14. Proud to be a Gooner!! 11 v 11 we held our own against the worlds best. Ox and fab played like beasts in the spotlight. I don’t understand how a the diving cunt like robben doesn’t get booked on any one of the three dives. When it got tough all they could do was dive. Time for NLD!!

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  15. Henry cheated against Ireland and admitted it. But he was never a serial diver and selfish wasteful one trick pony who would always go down no matter what.

    Robben literally dives in every game he plays.

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  16. Mpls, I submit he earned that level of cunt status in the first leg. But like a true cunt, he tried his damn hardest tonight to out cunt that john terry cunt just so he could be the top cunt.
    Football has been full of cunts for a long time. “chopper” harris. cunt. gary lineker. crispy cunt. david ginola. long haired cunt. sheringham. cunty cunt. ruud van nist. horsed face cunty cunt cunt. ashely cole. mobile up his arse cunt. terry, rooney, robin van persie, robben, lennon. All Cunts.

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  17. Uefa and fifa etc could easily release a statement saying instant retroactive ban for simulation not spotted during the match. 3 match ban??? Everybody stops diving, simple.

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    • He’s the sort of player who gets fouled by a blade of grass.

      Koscielny has got to be a bit more sensible, Robben was going no where so there wasn’t much need to keep that tight.

      That said, Robben has taken diving to new heights.

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  18. I’ve posted a few diving comments on the Bayern Facebook site (childish I know but couldn’t help myself) ,they have mostly disappeared hmmmmmmm have they dived off the page .
    It would also appear the press are backing Robben sigh it happens every time, Arsene = moaner everybody else = football genius

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  19. We were effectively robben in the first leg with the ref’s decision.

    We are also a tad light for this competition (given the level of the opponent) and in need of at least one top striker to fully compete. Preferably a player with pace and guile who can operate on his own where Giroud tends to require support.

    As is, maybe a blessing for us as we can re-focus on salvaging our flailing position in the league and get back in the race. Also albeit a consolation prize really, we can focus on the FA cup.

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  20. I don’t know why Robben is being singled out. Everyone in Bayern was doing the same. Javi Martinez is probably made of jelly. All down to the tactics of Pep. Cheap tactics.

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  21. Pretty misleading headline when Wenger never used the term ‘diver’. You don’t get to quote yourself when you’re quoting someone else. What is this, the Daily Mail?

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  22. Oops. If the first dive isn’t a penalty then it’s a booking surely? Weak ref. it also allows Robben to go down easily for the “penalty”. You can be if he wa booked for the first incident, he doesn’t go down the second time.

    Fuck it. Onwards!

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  23. Surely when a player dives as blatant as that the whole arsenal team need to point at him laugh then throw themselves on the floor ! Mass humiliation , don’t think it will change the cheats but would look amazing !

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  24. Arsenal gave a good show against Bayern, but too little too late like last year.

    Same old story. The team looks a million bucks then folds when under real pressure. Been like that for years now, and there’s one man who must take the blame.
    Step forward, Arsene Whinger.

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  25. “Arsene Wenger has admitted his side didn’t do enough over two legs to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League”. Yes because he didn’t put on the strongest team in the first leg (Sanogo).
    Thanks again.

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  26. Arjen Robben’s head is so unflawingly round and so perfectly bald that it could easily be mistaken for a football.

    Next time he’s rolling over in the grass after the faintest of faint touches by an opposition defender, would it make the world any poorer if his own teammate accidentally mistook Robben’s head for the football and kicked the twat out of it?

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  27. Special mention must go to Lahm as well. When he gets beat, he dives and feigns a foul. It’s like he is paper. I can understand attackers diving but defenders? So too bad when you actually get fouled and the ref don’t believe you.

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    • My first thought on Poldi’s goal.
      OK, third, after giggling at Neuer and watching the replay of Poldi pointing to the crowd right over Lahm’s head three times.

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  28. Is it just me or is Ozil just not cutting it I mean fair enough I hope I’m eating my words next season when he’s adjusted and also without theo there’s absolutely no pace In the wide areas I felt theo would of got us more of a chance last night same old arsenal never got the right eleven when we most need it

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  29. Be safe in the knowledge that he will be judged for the crime of simulation. A heinous act punishable by an eternity of watching sp*rs, with only Alan Hansen and Rio Ferdinand for company. A punishment to befit the crime.

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  30. I wish my missus went down that quickly………and that often.

    The rules have got to be looked at, not all contact is a foul, players going down for little or no contact should be banned retrospectively.

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