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Cesc’s a cheat. Are you kidding, Roberto?

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In his post match interview, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez called our skipper Cesc Fabregas a “cheat” for going down to easily when challenged by Gary Caldwell which resulted in the defender’s dismissal. This was what he said,

“I know Cesc very well. He is a wonderful player and very clever, and he knows how to buy decisions from referees. He tried it once in the first half,” he said. “There is contact, but you do not know how much of that comes from Cesc looking for it, or from Gary’s leg. I don’t think that contact is intentional to bring Cesc down.

Cesc comes from different culture — if you take a decision from the referee it is because you are clever and you are getting something for your team. In England, to do that is cheating, but in South America, Spain, even Italy, to try to get a decision from the referee is just being clever and getting that advantage.”

Hey Roberto, do you even remember the rules of the game? Just to remind you, if a player is brought down in the penalty box through intentional contact by the defender, then it’s a penalty. And if the defender has prevented a goal scoring opportunity, then it’s a red-card. Caldwell was guilty on both counts on Saturday. Even he himself admitted that there was contact, so how is that be diving or cheating? Just because we literally outclassed his side, he turns into a sour grape. I have always liked him for his positive attitude to games but I may have to rethink my position on him now.

Roberto, if you are interest in learning what “diving” is, please have a look at how David Vaughn won the penalty for Blackpool in yesterday match against Sunderland.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid



  1. fred

    January 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

    are u an idiot? so people of the english culture do not dive? ha? bloody dumbass of an idiot. just shut ur mouth

  2. Djofils

    January 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

    EXCELLENT POST!!!! The guy needs to read his books. But my word i have never seen a more one sided game in my life. Though we were absolutely BRILLIANTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. why on earth didnt MOTD show our goals i dont know but we were class and looking forward to our next game. horaayyyyy!!!

  3. Aziz, KL-Malaysia

    January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Yes, he (Martines) IS an idiot.
    Countless proof of English natuional treasm players diving, purposely diving, seldom getting a yellow for it, and the idiot talks about diving is a cultur thinggy … ?!?
    I liked him too – my opinion now half way revised.
    One more bloke, he’s in the fat sam drawer as well …

  4. clockendjim

    January 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Why do they do it? Another manager has opened his mouth and put his foot right into it
    I have always had a liking for Martinez and would generally support his team against anyone but Arsenal. Now with one stupid statement he has destroyed mine and others respect for him.
    There was never a clearer penalty than Saturday’s. Cesc did not need to dive as he would probably would have scored anyway but for Caldwell’s foul on him.
    So what has Martinez gained – other than making a real fool of himself of course
    Another amazing display of magic football, but still worrying that we only put the ball in the net 3 times when double figures should have been reached

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  6. agreyman

    January 24, 2011 at 11:01 am

    N’Zogbias dive at Wigan has obviously confused Martinez – it’s a penalty when you trip a player in the area, not when you dive over an outstretched leg outside – muppet

  7. seagoon

    January 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I take it Martinez was present in December, when NZogbia took a dive outside the penalty area and when one of his defenders blatantly hand balled a free kick. If either of those decisions had gone the correct way, we would have two points more whereas even if Cesc Had have dived (which he obviously didn’t) it would have made no difference to the result, especially as the penalty was not converted.

  8. Ingo Marchand

    January 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

    cesc came in full speed, gets hammered on his grounded foot and if u ever played football in your life and seen the way he was falling. that was the clearest penalty and red for some time. and was clearly match deciding anyway lmao. good someone makes a post about that bullshit from martinez.

  9. Sethorunzi

    January 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Common guys! He was only joking.. it was just a case of meaning lost in translation..ooops.!!!. He spoke english right? hhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm …Martinez, please come off it!

  10. Minesy

    January 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    And the rotational fouling of Cesc which Wigan were using to try and escape bookings isn’t cheating Roberto ???

  11. sc

    January 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    its a disgrace and should he be charged

    we already kno one of our players was open enough to say he dived this season which could harm us when ref’s are considering penalty appeals

    now this !! and this was a blatent penalty !!!

  12. junaid

    January 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    It was a sliding tackle from behind, got nothingfof the ball but a chunk of Fabregas’ leg, last man tackle aswell and just as Cesc was about to shoot about 8yards infront of goal.

    One of the clearest red card decisions I have ever see.

  13. Yommex

    January 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I have come to realise that a lot of these managers find it difficult to put a word throught to Manchester United probably for the fear of the kind of clout enjoyed by Alex Ferguson. These same set of managers invariably always vent there reservations against Arsenal justifiably or otherwise (mostly the latter), as they see them as a team that can be given bull**** without suffering any consequences from the media.
    I dare him to say that about any United player when next he goes to Old Trafford. Sorry, he may not last long enough for their next visit there.

  14. deephenry

    January 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    ha ha ha people should give him examples of rooney lampard gerard et al, shut your piehole roberto, you yourself is spanish….

  15. Paul Ashmore

    January 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    How about last night vs Ipswich? Even the biggest gooner in the world would be hard pushed to say Cesc didn’t dive!!

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