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Arsenal boss Wenger: Barcelona players never go down silently

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger has accused Barcelona of trying to get a reaction from the referee every time they go down.

In the wake of Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to the Spaniards in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger questioned Barcelona's integrity as they continued to fall to the ground with apparent ease.

The likes of Dani Alves, Jordi Alba and Neymar were seen making the most of it when challenged by the Arsenal players which indicated to Wenger that perhaps they were trying to get the attention of Cuneyt Cakir.

"They are tricky. When they go down, they shout. They never go down silent," said Wenger.

"That influences the referee every single time. All of them do it, not one of them goes down without shouting.

"It's like they provoke a reflex for the referee."

However, Wenger admitted that the defeat, which came at the hands of a Lionel Messi brace, was not the fault of the match official.

"I felt so but let's be honest, we haven't lost the game because of the referee," when quizzed further on the matter.

"We have to look at ourselves and analyse ourselves. Maybe he gave one or two fouls which were not fouls but overall he has had no major influence on the result of the game."

Andrew Slevison
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