Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has hailed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as being of of the greatest coaches ever, but insists he still takes issue with the Frenchman’s acquisition that the former Chelsea player is ‘a very good diver’.
The Dutch winger was talking ahead of his side’s upcoming Champions League meeting against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side on Tuesday night, a fixture which has had its share fare of controversy as far as Arjen Robben is concerend.
Over the last two years the two sides have met on four occasions, with the German side proving to be a formidable opponent for the Gunners, with Arjen Robben particularly in sparkling form. But despite defeat it’s the player’s apparent play acting which has in the past left a soured taste in Arsene Wenger’s mouth.
After losing to Bayern in a two legged affair back in 2014, the French coach once labelled Arjen Robben one of the greatest players of this generation but also a ‘very good diver’ after the 65-year-old felt the Dutchman had play acted on several occasions.
Despite, these accusations, the 31-year-old holds no bad feelings towards the reds boss, but still denies any claims of cheating.
“I met him in Brazil. It was not a problem at all. No hard feelings. I’m quite easy that way.” the Daily Telegraph quotes Robben as saying
“If they lose some managers are disappointed and not always fair and realistic,”
“Maybe one week after, they say: ‘OK, maybe it was wrong what I said.’ But I haven’t got a problem. I think he’s unique. To be there for such a long time you are doing a lot of things very, very well. See the players who became better.
Look at the way Arsenal has developed. In Holland or Germany, they always talk positive about Arsenal. Why? The way they play, no negative football, always positive technical football, wanting to make the game. I think that is big credit to him.”
Arjen Robben, who will miss Tuesday night’s clash as he is still yet to return from injury has warned his players of complacency against an Arsenal side who he think could be very successful this season.
“I think they have got enough quality,” says Robben.
“I thought last season they did very well. They won prizes; the FA Cup and the Community Shield. They looked very stable and this year they look very strong. I was really surprised to see them lose two Champions League games but, on their good day, I think they can beat any team and we have to be aware.”
Despite Arjen Robben’s concerns, it is Arsenal who are the most worried going into tomorrow night’s fixture. The Gunners need to get a result over the next two meetings with Bayern, in order to stand any chance of reaching the knockout phase of this year’s competition. Two defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Greek side Olympiakos have left Arsene Wenger’s side on the brink of elimination and now needing a win against an inform Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski to stay alive in Europe this season.
Tough ask indeed.