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Arjen Robben fires back at Arsene Wenger

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Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has insisted that he went down under clear contact from Wojciech Szczesny during last night's Champions League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates, rejecting claims from Arsene Wenger that he went down too easily.

Robben controlled the ball swiftly in the penalty area before being clipped by an onrushing Szczesny, with the Polish international handed a straight red card as double punishment following the award of a penalty kick.

Gunners boss Wenger criticised Robben for making the most of minor contact in the aftermath of Bayern's confident 2-0 victory in north London, but the Dutch international believes that while a sending off may have been harsh a penalty award was not up for debate.

Goal.com have quoted Robben as telling AZ: "The red card was a turning point in the game.

"Toni set me up with a superb pass, I beat the goalkeeper to the ball, control it and then he runs into me. He hits my ankle and I go down.

"It was a clear penalty, although the red card was perhaps debatable. I never saw the ball again after he hit me."

Wenger's frustration with the decision was magnified by Bayern's ruthless display, with goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller making up for David Alaba's miss from the spot following Robben's contribution.

It was very much a night of what might have been for Arsenal, with Mesut Ozil missing an early penalty during a sustained period of dominance from Wenger's side during the early exchanges.

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