Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1: Arjen Robben accused of being a 'very good diver' by Arsene Wenger after Gunners exit Champions League

Gunners knocked out of Europe by the German champions yet again

Allianz Arena

Arsene Wenger branded Arjen Robben “a very good diver” for his attempts to win a penalty in tonight’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich that saw Arsenal exit the Champions League in the last 16 for the fourth time in four years.

Robben was eventually successful, winning a penalty in time added on at the end of the game, a penalty which substitute Thomas Muller took and Lukasz Fabianski saved. However, not before an earlier occasion when Robben threw himself to the ground after a challenge with Santi Cazorla and was ignored by the Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen.

Wenger said: “Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing. He's a great player and as well a very good diver but it's part of him.”

Later Wenger added: “He [Robben] is a fantastic player, one of the best in the world. But he doesn't need to do it [the diving]. He gets in front of player then slows down and goes down. If he gives him yellow card for the first one he won't do it again.”

In response to Wenger, Robben said: “I always say if you are a big manager then take your loss. If you win be happy, enjoy, but if you lose don't complain about silly things. It was two [legitimate] penalties but I don't want to defend myself. From a big manager you expect a little bit more.”

The Arsenal manager was reluctant to pin the blame for the 3-1 aggregate defeat on his players’ performance, instead claiming that Wojciech Szczesny’s red card in the first leg was the turning point in the tie.

 

Wenger said: “Overall in the two games, I feel that what made the difference was the decision to send our goalkeeper off in the first game. We played 1-1 tonight. That decision had a huge impact. It was on the same player who got the penalty again tonight and that's a regret we have because spirit-wise we gave everything until the end. Good luck to Bayern. They are a good side but I think they were this season more vulnerable than last year.”

Lukasz Fabianski uses his legs to save Thomas Muller's penalty Lukasz Fabianski uses his legs to save Thomas Muller's penalty Pressed on why he did not believe Szczesny should have been sent off for his foul on Robben at the Emirates, Wenger said that his goalkeeper had not denied the player an obvious goalscoring opportunity. “Look, I felt it was not a red card, as simple as that,” he said. “If that's a red card then it means any foul in the box is a red card. Uefa has said they don't agree with that.

“For me it was not a goalscoring opportunity. You can give a foul for a high foot against Robben, It can be analysed in both ways. If you look where the ball goes to the feet of [Bacary] Sagna [after Szczesny’s foul on Robben], he never had a goal chance. It was never, ever a goalscoring opportunity.”

The midfielder Mesut Ozil, substituted at half-time with a hamstring problem, will be out for a number of weeks, Wenger said. On Bayern, the Arsenal manager said more than once that he believed they were more vulnerable than they had been last year when they also eliminated Arsenal at this stage.

Wenger said: “Our defending and our spirit was good. The frustration I had is that in the last 20 minutes I felt Bayern was very vulnerable defensively and that we didn't take advantage of that. We always missed the first pass but I felt the situations were there that we could have made more of and at the end of the day we never got them really under pressure.

“Even at 1-1, you could see they became suddenly nervous but because we never manage to score [and make it]  2-1, you could not really see how they would have responded. They are a good team, a great side with great players and they played well but we still have regrets over the two games.”

Pep Guardiola said that Arsenal had not come to attack. “We had a lot of control but the opponent didn’t come to push,” he said. “It’s 2-0 in the head of the players and it’s not easy. We’re 2-0 up and we wanted just to control the game. We didn’t want to attack too much, but we got forward many times and we dominated the game. The first nine minutes in the first leg but they were amazing. We deserve this qualification for the next round.”

Read more: Comment: Ozil a £42m passenger who cuts forlorn figure
Ozil out for a couple of weeks, confirms Wenger
Bayern Munich v Arsenal - as it happened
Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
life
Arts and Entertainment
Cold case: Aaron McCusker and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvReview: Sky Atlantic's ambitious new series Fortitude has begun with a feature-length special
Voices
Three people wearing masks depicting Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg
voicesPolitics is in the gutter – but there is an alternative, says Nigel Farage
Voices
The veterans Mark Hayward, Hugh Thompson and Sean Staines (back) with Grayson Perry (front left) and Evgeny Lebedev
charity appealMaverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
News
i100
News
people
Sport
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
footballThe more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Life and Style
Vote green: Benoit Berenger at The Duke of Cambridge in London's Islington
food + drinkBanishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turn over a new leaf
News
Joel Grey (left) poses next to a poster featuring his character in the film
peopleActor Joel Grey comes out at 82
News
i100
News
business
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee