Arsene Wenger calls Arjen Robben a 'good diver' after Arsenal's Champions League exit

Ryan Bailey
March 11, 2014

Bayern Munich are through to the last eight of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena gave a 3-1 aggregate score.

In the build-up to the game, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had been on the warpath against referees, pleading for a "fair chance" after Wojciech Szczesny's controversial dismissal in the first leg.

The Frenchman also felt aggrieved with Arjen Robben's simulation, going as far as accusing him of diving right to his face

The Dutchman's diving tendencies were on Wenger's mind once again after the second leg tie, as Robben appeared to go down very easily a few times in the game.

The most blatant attempt at conning the referee came in the 50th minute, when Santi Cazorla's mere presence was enough to bring the tricky winger crashing to the ground:

Robben somehow escaped a booking as the referee waved play on, but later coaxed a penalty out of a Laurent Koscielny challenge, which further irked Wenger.

In his post-match press conference, the maligned coach spoke in frustration about Robben's conduct (via The Metro):

‘Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing.’
‘He is a great player, but also a good diver.
‘He gets past the player, then he actually slows down, looking for the foul.’

On the back of these comments, the journalists in attendance were clearly trying to cajole some hypocrisy from Wenger, so they asked him about Lukas Podolski's goal, which appeared to result from a foul on Philipp Lahm.

Rather than take his usual "I didn't see it" stance, Wenger made history by admitting he saw one of his players break the rules for the first time:

Meanwhile, Wenger kept quiet about bringing ineligible winger Ryo Miyaichi to Munich, a blunder that meant the Gunners were only able to name six subs. Considering this, Manuel Pellegrini's miscalculations and Uli Hoeness' tax woes, it's fair to say that the Allianz Arena is not a great place for mathematics.

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Ryan Bailey is a writer for Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!