Arsene Wenger: Arjen Robben remains a very good diver
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben a "very good diver" after his side bowed out of the Champions League despite a spirited 1-1 draw against the holders at the Allianz Arena.
After losing the first leg of their last-16 clash 2-0 with the Germans in London last month, it was always going to be something of a tall order for Arsenal to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Barclays Premier League side, however, showed plenty of desire, driven on by an impressive display from England World Cup hopeful Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the center of midfield, although club-record signing Mesut Ozil was somewhat subdued and replaced at half-time due to a tight hamstring.
Arsenal recovered from falling behind to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s close-range effort early in the second half, with Lukas Podolski blasting in a goal against his former club.
There was late drama when Lukasz Fabianski – deputizing for Wojciech Szczesny, who had been sent off in the last game – saved a stoppage-time penalty from Thomas Muller for what looked a soft decision after a challenge by Laurent Koscielny on Robben.
Earlier in the second half, the Holland international had fallen in the penalty area under a challenge from Santi Cazorla. Norway referee Svein Oddvar Moen – from whom Wenger had called for a strong performance in his pre-match press conference – was not interested and told the Dutchman to get up, but did not produce a yellow card.
Wenger was clearly less than impressed by the antics of the former Chelsea frontman.
"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," the Arenal manager said. "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."