English players are masters of diving, says Wenger

08 February, 2018, 16:17 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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Harry Kane was also accused of diving late on in the second half by Virgil van Dijk - which saw Spurs awarded a penalty - and the Arsenal manager believes simulation has long since been a problem not exclusively limited to players who come to the Premier League from overseas.

Wenger was asked about the subject in his pre-match news conference before the north London derby against Tottenham.

The Gunners have received a big blow ahead of their side's clash with bitter rivals Spurs on Saturday, with the Telegraph reporting that experienced stopper Petr Cech is likely to miss the game through injury.

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But here, talkSPORT.com is more concerned with the present and tells you what you need to know about the north London derby.

The Englishman's return could provide more competition for fellow strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"I am convinced that he wanted to say that tricking your opponent is to say that you have to be clever", he said.

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"It is always a game more charged emotionally for everyone but this season for us it is a very important game in terms of the table".

Yet Wenger, who also spoke out against Manchester City's England global Raheem Sterling earlier this season, believes it is English players who have become the "masters" of diving.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino appeared to defend Alli's actions after the match, claiming that football is all about trying to "trick your opponent", though Wenger does not necessarily think his counterpart was outing himself as a diving apologist, as some have suggested. I remember there were tremendous cases here when it was foreign players who did it.

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