Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims English players are masters of diving
Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 17:15
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made a bold statement claiming English players are now the masters of diving in the Premier League.
In the wake of the North London Derby, Wenger was questioned about Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino's defence of Dele Alli and Harry Kane after the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last weekend.
Both players were accused of simulation in the fixture, with Kane winning a penalty after an alleged foul with Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius but the Argentine defended their actions by stating football is about "tricking your opponent".
"I am convinced he wanted to say that tricking your opponent is to be clever," Wenger told reporters ahead of the derby. "Was it an apology for diving? I'm not sure.
"I don't think he would. In my case, no. We want to get diving out of the game. I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it, but I must say the English players have learnt very quickly and are maybe the masters now."
The Gunners will face up against the Lillywhites on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium.