Arsenal boss slams 'very good diver' Robben

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Arsene Wenger has criticised Arjen Robben following Arsenal's exit to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Gunners were knocked out by the holders after a 1-1 draw saw them lose 3-1 on aggregate. Robben appeared to go down very easily on a few occasions at the Allianz Arena - including for a late penalty that was was saved by Lukasz Fabianski - and Wenger was evidently not happy with the Dutch international.

"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 Arsenal boss was quoted by talkSPORT following the result.

And while Wenger was obviously quick to praise Robben's general talents, he clearly feels that there is more that can be done by officials to prevent him from engineering free-kicks and fouls.

"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," he added.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg after goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, Arsenal knew they faced a momentous task to overturn such a deficit against the reigning European champions last night and so it proved.

Although they put up a brave fight - particularly England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was excellent throughout - for the most part, Arsenal simply were not adventurous enough in attack to pose any lasting threat to Bayern's place in the last eight of the competition.

The returning Bastian Schweinsteiger gave the hosts the lead ten minutes into the second half, but his goal was cancelled out just three minutes later after a fine finish from compatriot and Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.

And while no-one could quarrel with Bayern's undoubted superiority, Robben's antics did seem to leave a rather sour taste in the mouth - particularly Wenger's, it would appear.

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