Arsene Wenger says English 'may be diving masters' ahead of Spurs clash

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Harry Kane was also accused of diving late on in the second half by Virgil van Dijk - which saw Spurs awarded a penalty - and the Arsenal manager believes simulation has long since been a problem not exclusively limited to players who come to the Premier League from overseas.

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

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Welbeck hasn't played since picking up a hip injury at Bournemouth midway through last month but his return would provide Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette with further competition up top.

"I think you have to get rid of diving out of the game".

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The sixth-placed Gunners are looking to complete the double over Spurs on Sunday, and victory would close the gap on their rivals to a point. "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.

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

Wenger was speaking as the fallout continued from last weekend's 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Spurs when Tottenham's Dele Alli was booked for diving and Harry Kane was accused of going down too easily to win a penalty under a challenge from home keeper Loris Karius.

Arsène Wenger appeared to aim a dig at Tottenham Hotspur's players this morning by claiming that the English have become the "masters" of diving. 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.

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