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Robben is great at diving, blasts Arsenal boss

By Jim Van Wijk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben a "very good diver" after his side bowed out of the Champions League despite a spirited 1-1 draw against the holders at the Allianz Arena.

After losing the first leg of their last-16 clash 2-0 with the Germans in London last month, it was always going to be something of a tall order for Arsenal.

Arsenal recovered from falling behind to Bastian Schweinsteiger's close-range effort early in the second half, with Lukas Podolski blasting in a goal against his former club.

There was late drama when Lukasz Fabianski saved a stoppage-time penalty from Thomas Muller for what looked a soft decision after a challenge by Laurent Koscielny on Robben.

Earlier in the second half, the Holland international had fallen in the penalty area under a challenge from Santi Cazorla. Norway referee Svein Oddvar Moen was not interested and told the Dutchman to get up.

Wenger said: "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.

"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," added the Arsenal boss.

Robben was delighted with Bayern's progress and believes his side did well to reach the quarter-finals.

He said: "They have a very good team. If you give them the ball then they can play and cause trouble so the main thing for us was to keep possession and to control the game.

"I think we did that in the first half in which we played really well, created some chances and with a bit more luck we should have scored a goal.

"In the second half we scored a goal and it looked like a comfortable position but then it was 1-1 and for about five or 10 minutes we lost a little bit of control and we recovered.

"I think in the end it was a deserved draw to take us through to the quarter-finals."

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "Bayern are always going to have weaknesses, just like any other team, and when you score a goal it puts anyone under pressure and (makes) anyone a little bit nervous.

"When we did that we thought we had a chance and it wasn't to be in the end," said Oxlade-Chamberlain whose side still have title and FA Cup ambitions.

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