Arsenal manager blasts ‘diving’ Bayern forward

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has labeled Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben a “very good diver” after the Gunner’s Champions League exit in the Allianz Arena last night.

Wenger’s side managed a respectable 1-1 draw against the current title holders, but their 2-0 last-16 first leg deficit was too difficult to overturn.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was Arsenal’s star man in the night as the Gunners showed plenty of grit and determination, however club-record signing Mesut Ozil didn’t live up to his teammates’ performances and was hooked at half-time.

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored early in the second half before Lukas Podolski equalized against his former club putting the game at 1-1.

The ending stages of the game saw some drama when Laurent Koscielny brought down Arjen Robben in the penalty area, although the resulting Thomas Muller penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Robben was also involved in another penalty area incident when he fell after a challenge from Santi Cazorla, but referee Svein Oddar Moen wasn’t interested and signaled him to get up.

And Arsene Wenger went on to comment on the Dutch international’s antics.

“Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing and he is a great player and as well a very good diver, but it is part of it,” he told Sky Sports.

“He is a fantastic player, I would not deny that, 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.”

Arjen Robben also won a penalty in the first leg at the Emirates which saw first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off.