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Walcott apologises for dive

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Theo Walcott has apologised for diving to try to win a penalty during the closing stages of Saturday afternoon's third-round FA Cup tie, which finished 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott found himself in the thick of the action as Arsenal pressed for an equaliser, and looked to have won a penalty after going down under a challenge from Paul Connolly - but it was not given. Moments later, though, it was a penalty when Walcott was tugged back by Ben Parker and Cesc Fabregas scored the equaliser.

Walcott issued a statement apologising for his actions and said on the club's official website: "I want to apologise to the managers because I actually dived. I was trying to win the penalty."

He added: "I said to one of their players 'would you have done it?' and he said he probably would have.

"I am not the sort of player to do it, but I own up to it and apologise. It is something I don't want to see in my game."

Walcott continued: "I have heard some players say 'if there is a slight touch, go down' and it can work both ways.

"It was one of those things. I am not happy with myself for doing that, but I am happy that we got the draw.

"I had a little joke with the referee afterwards saying 'that was my first dive, can you tell?'.

"I don't have to own up to it and I can't speak for other players, but I have just expressed how I feel. I hope people respect that."

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