Former Arsenal defender: Robben could get 'gold medal in the 10m diving'

Arjen Robben

Martin Keown seemed to agree with his former boss Arsene Wenger when it came to Arjen Robben.

Arsenal's Champions League campaign has come to an end for yet another year - as once again they could not overturn a home defeat in Germany against the best team in world football Bayern Munich.

Arsenal were always going to have an uphill battle in overcoming their 2-0 defeat from The Emirates - and in truth they gave a good account of themselves in a 1-1 draw - and who knows, if Wojciech Szczesny had not got sent off in the first leg it could have been a different tale.

But the Pole did see his marching orders that fateful night - after he flew off his line and clattered into Arjen Robben in the process.

Bayern missed the subsequent penalty courtesy of David Alaba, but the damage was done, ten men v Bayern - it was an impossible task.

Robben received immediate criticism after the incident from Arsene Wenger - as he could be seen telling the Dutchman what he thought about the fall and subsequent theatrics.

But while Wenger was wrong on that occasion, as Robben was clearly hit by Szczesny, last night saw Robben tumble over on a couple of occasions which seemed slightly questionable - being told to get up once and winning a penalty the other time around.

After the game Wenger said of Robben:

"Robben did well, he dived well ... 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."

And his views were certainly echoed by one of his former players. Martin Keown played over 400 games for Arsenal in two separate periods - and won a total of nine honours under the management of Wenger.

Nowadays he works as a TV pundit - and was on Twitter last night commenting on the Gunners whilst watching the game at the Allianz.

And he had a humorous way of commenting on Robben's prolificacy in the diving department...

 

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