Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has responded to Arsene Wenger’s comments where the Arsenal FC manager labelled him as a diver.
Post-match reactions to Bayern Munich’s win over Arsenal in the Champions League round-of-16 clash last night was dominated by reactions towards Arjen Robben’s certain actions on the field during the second leg of the tie. The Dutchman, who won a penalty in the first leg after he went down under a challenge from Wojciech Szczesny inside the box, won another penalty in the second leg after the referee penalized Laurent Koscielny for fouling him inside the box. Thomas Muller’s penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski, but the Arsenal fans took to social media to criticize Robben for going down easily in that incident.
There were of course few other incidents in that match where the former Chelsea winger resorted to theatrics in his attempt to win a foul and this didn’t go down well with the Gooners. Arsene Wenger also criticized Robben in his post-match interview where he insisted that “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 Frenchman felt that the referee should have shown him a yellow card in an earlier incident in order to stop him from such play acting throughout the game.
“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.” – The Arsenal manager added.
Arjen Robben has now responded to these remarks by Arsene Wenger by stating that the Arsenal manager shouldn’t complain after losing a game and insisted the expected a lot more from a big manager like Wenger.
“I always say that if you are a big manager then take your loss. If you win, be happy and enjoy it, but if you lose then don’t start complaining about the silly things.
“I don’t want to have to defend myself. From a big manager, you expect a little bit more if you lose.” – The Bayern Munich winger stated.