English players are masters of diving – Wenger

Posted on Feb 10 2018 - 12:18am by admin

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed English players are “maybe the masters now” after he was asked about diving in football, Skysports reports.

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

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino recently claimed football is about “tricking the opponent” following claims his players dived at times during the 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

The Gunners boss insisted he would never ask his players to dive in the penalty area and voiced his opinion that home-grown players are now as culpable as diving as foreign players.

“I think he wanted to say that tricking your opponent, you have to be clever,” Wenger said of Pochettino’s comments on diving.

“How far was it an apology for diving? I’m not sure. I don’t think he would.

“I think you have to get rid of diving out of the game. I remember there were tremendous cases here when it was foreign players who did it.

“But the English players have learned very quickly and are maybe the masters now.”

Meanwhile, Wenger  has  accepted Tottenham’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe, AFP reports.

Kane, 24, became the second fastest player to ever reach 100 Premier League goals by netting his 31st of the season in just 32 games to salvage a point for Spurs from a thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool last weekend.

“If you look at the numbers, no, because he has high numbers,” Wenger said when asked if there was a better striker in Europe at the moment than Kane.”

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