Arsenal manager blasts Arjen Robben for play-acting

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Arjen Robben of “making more” of the incident that led to Wojciech Szczesny’s red card, which “killed the game”.

Although the penalty following Szczesny’s sending off was missed, Bayern Munich went on to win 2-0 at the Emirates in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16.

The goalkeeper seemed to have clipped Robben after the Dutchman beat him to the ball, but Wenger was clearly unhappy with Robben’s reaction.

“Our keeper went genuinely for the ball, he touched Robben, who made certainly more of it, and I told him,” Wenger told BBC. “It killed the game completely.”

“He (Robben) has enough experience to know to make more of it.

“Overall I thought Bayern made a lot of every single contact, we are not used to that in England.

“There were fouls given today that usually are not given in the Premier League, but it’s different rules and we have to accept it.

“The game was, until then, top quality, and in the second half it was boring for neutral people. It was one-way traffic.”

Bayern Munich were then able to take control of the game as they took advantage of the extra man, scoring through Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller to give the Germans a big advantage going into the second leg.

It could have all been very different had Mesut Ozil not missed a penalty awarded early in the game. The German playmaker hit a weak shot which was easily saved by Manuel Neuer and looked to have affected his confidence.

“I think it affected Mesut, he was still shaking his head five or 10 minutes after that,” said Wenger.

“It had a huge impact on his performance. Confidence is your petrol in the team, it gives you the desire to play.”

The Gunners will hope to get back on track in the Premier League, hosting Sunderland this weekend.

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