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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Robben refutes Wenger diving claim

Arjen Robben has hit back at Arsene Wenger's claim that he dived to win a penalty during Bayern Munich's 2-0 Champions League defeat of Arsenal, insisting it was a "pretty scary moment" for him.

Wojciech Szczesny fells Arjen Robben, leading to a penalty and a red card for the Arsenal keeper.
Arjen Robben was brought down by Wojciech Szczesny for a penalty.

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Robben, 30, went to ground after being brought down by Wojciech Szczesny during the first half of their last-16 first-leg clash on Feb. 19, although David Alaba missed the resulting spot kick.

Wenger accused Bayern's players of diving after the match and singled out the Netherlands international for making the most of the Arsenal goalkeeper's challenge.

However, Robben has since branded the attack as sour grapes from the Gunners manager.

"Wenger's comments are typical for a losing coach," he is quoted as saying by De Telegraaf. "I don't care much about it, because it's not the first time he acts like this.

"It was a pretty scary moment for me. I picked up a serious [knee] injury in December after a similar foul from Augsburg's goalkeeper."

The penalty incident was not the only controversy Robben was involved in during the game. The former Chelsea player also moved to strenuously deny claims, that were widely circulated on social media, that he spat on Bacary Sagna while the Arsenal defender was on the ground. 

The second leg of the tie takes place on March 11 at Bayern's Allianz Arena.

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