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Wenger: Robben is a 'Very Good Diver'

  • Reuters, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:32 PM
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger criticized Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben for trying to con the referees during his team's 1-1 draw with the Bavarian giant in Munich on Tuesday. The Frenchman, whose team lost the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series 3-1 on aggregate, was asked how he felt about the Dutchman’s controversial performance, which saw him win a last-minute penalty that was taken and missed by Thomas Muller.

"Robben is very good at getting something out of nothing, he is a great player as well as a very good diver, that's part of it," Wenger said. "He's a fantastic player, I would not deny that, he's one of the best in the world, but he gets in front (of the defender) and slows down and goes down, and he gets the free kicks. If (the referee) gives him a yellow card the first time he goes down, he will not do it again."

The Gunners boss added that the decision to send off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny during the first-leg in London is what eventually decided the series. "Overall, over the two games, the decision to send our keeper off in the first game had a huge impact, it was a bad decision,” he said. "Even UEFA have come out and said they have to re-think that problem (the award of a penalty and a sending off). ... Bayern are a good team, they played well but we still have regrets."

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