By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes that the ‘diving’ furore surrounding Arsenal has stopped his side getting penalties in the last couple of weeks.

The issue first arose when Eduardo won a spot-kick against Celtic in the Champions League Play-off Round second leg at Emirates Stadium on August 26. He was charged by UEFA, banned for two games and then, this week, saw the decision annulled.

The whole saga has brought “diving”, “simulation” or “deceiving the referee” into the media spotlight and, according to the Arsenal manager, it has cost his side penalties in their last two games.

“We didn’t get the penalty at Manchester United with Arshavin and it was a direct consequence of that,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s game in Liege. “We didn’t get the penalty at Manchester City with Gareth Barry, it was a direct consequence of that.”

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16 Sep 2009