Tottenham Hotspur fans react on Twitter to Arsene Wenger's apparent diving dig

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (2L) is booked for a dive during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool,...

Arsenal boss Wenger said he believes the English are now 'masters' of diving, in a week Dele Alli and Harry Kane were under the microscope.

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Arsene Wenger has directed what appears to be a thinly veiled dig at Tottenham Hotspur, in particular their two English stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Spurs drew 2-2 with Liverpool at the weekend in a game that was mired in controversy.

Kane levelled the scoring with his second penalty of the night, after a previous effort was saved by Loris Karius, with one of the last kicks of the game. Liverpool fans felt Erik Lamela went down easy for that penalty and had similar feelings regarding the one Kane had win, then subsequently missed, earlier in the game. Alli on the other hand was clear as day. He dived, was booked and even seemed to apologise to referee Jon Moss.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur is shown a yellow card by referee Jonathan Moss for diving during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4,...

It is those two incidents that the Arsenal boss appeared to allude to in his press conference this afternoon, ahead of the North London derby this weekend.

The Frenchman stated, as reported by the BBC:

"I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it, but the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now."

"I don't tell my players to dive at all. We have to get diving out of the game."

Alexie Smertin of Portsmouth tackles Robert Pires of Arsenal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Portsmouth at Highbury on September 13, 2003 in London.

It was a comment which has not gone down well with Tottenham fans. They were quick to point out examples of Arsenal players diving, such as fellow England internationals Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere in the past, and Arsenal’s own record when it comes to diving.

Robert Pires was mentioned more than once, still known for his dive against Portsmouth which rescued a draw in the now infamous ‘Invincibles’ campaign:









Whether Wenger meant to stoke the flames ahead of the Tottenham clash this weekend is neither here nor there, he has.

It adds another dimension to what should be a fantastic clash in the Premier League this weekend.

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