Dutch international superstar Arjen Robben carries a reputation for falling over a little too easily, and both of his penalties against Arsenal have grabbed the headlines.
In the first-leg, the moment the 30-year-old hit the deck and Wojciech Szczesny sent to the stands, the tie swung massively in favour of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Despite the penalty being just, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still felt Arjen Robben went down too easily. Fast forward a few weeks, and the Frenchman is repeating his previous post-match comments – but this time in more detail.
With the game tied at 1-1, and Bayern Munich comfortably holding out to progress into the next round, the Bavarians were awarded a late penalty, with Robben once again being the victim. This time, the penalty was a lot more debatable – resulting in the Arsenal boss spelling out the situation.
Wenger claimed that the Bayern star ‘gets in front of the player, slows down and then goes down’, branding him ‘a very good diver’. The Gunners boss believes that if referees give him a yellow card for his theatrical reactions, then he would put a stop to it.
When asked upon the decision, Robben displayed a different theory to that of the Arsenal boss. Translated by Dutch Football through their Twitter feed, the Dutch international was adamant he was fouled:
Robben, "I was tapped on my ankle, so I think that's a violation."— Dutch Football (@football_oranje) marzo 11, 2014
The debate whether Arjen Robben goes down easily will rumble on for some time yet, but until the officials feel the necessity to book him, the Dutchman will continue to do what has brought him so much success over the last decade.
Did Arjen Robben go down too easily for the penalty? Was it a spot-kick?