Thursday, August 27, 2009
There is, I think, no doubt at all that Arsenal deserved to beat Celtic last night. They were the better team, but the comments over Eduardo’s dive that led to a penalty and Arsenal’s vital opening goal have been mind-boggling.
One Arsenal fan at the BBC site says, "It doesn't look like a penalty, neither does it look like a dive to me." Let’s examine this claim. There’s no contact from the Celtic keeper. Eduardo waits until exactly the right moment and then falls forward for no apparent reason. What is it if it isn’t a dive?
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, says, “I do not go as far to say Eduardo dived. He went down, for what reason I do not know.” Well, Arsene, it could be he went down because he wanted to win a penalty and thought he could fool the referee into giving one. Unless you can think of any other reason? And again, if it isn’t a dive, what alternative word is there? Any suggestions?