English players now diving masters - Wenger sympathises with referees

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The England worldwide spoke this week of how being released from Arsenal's academy as an eight-year-old left him with a "chip on his shoulder".

The north London derby will also serve as good experience for the Colombia worldwide as he is expected to keep his place in goal when Arsenal take on Manchester City in the final of the EFL Cup on 25 February.

The Gunners boss will likely start the match with both Monreal and Cech in the starting line-up, while the returning Welbeck will likely find himself on the bench for the tie, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil expected to continue their new partnership behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after their explosive display last weekend.

"I think you have to get rid of diving out of the game. We are behind in the table and have to catch up", said Wenger, who will face Spurs for the 52nd time in his 22 years as Arsenal manager.

Arsenal go into the game in sixth place, four points behind Spurs and five off a Champions League qualifying spot.

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"It is more important for us to come back mathematically than it is emotionally-charged".

Yet Wenger, who also spoke out against Manchester City's England global Raheem Sterling earlier this season, believes it is English players who have become the "masters" of diving.

Kane won a penalty against Liverpool on Sunday and Alli was cautioned for diving in the same game and although Mauricio Pochettino said the yellow card for his Tottenham midfielder was justified, he claimed...

"I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it, but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now".

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