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Olsson criticises Premier League diving

Jonas Olsson has hit out at diving after Santi Cazorla won a questionable penalty for Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta scored the first of two penalties that secured three points for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team after Cazorla fell in the box despite having evaded Steven Reid’s tackle in the match at the Emirates Stadium.

Olsson suggested players if they are guilty of simulation, but also said Arsenal merited their 2-0 victory on the balance of play.

“I don’t like people diving,” Olsson told reporters.

“I’m not very objective either being a defender. Most of the time I like this league because of the fair play it contains.

“The ref doesn’t have the privilege of watching replays. It’s a difficult job. If it’s a dive the focus should be on the person diving as well.

“It went against us. It came at a crucial part of the game. They’ve had a bad few weeks. It’s a goal that keeps them going but they were the better team and deserved to win.”

West Brom began the campaign in fine form under Steve Clarke but have now slipped to sixth place following a disappointing run.

Swansea and Stoke saw off Clarke’s team prior to their defeat against Arsenal but Olsson is confident West Brom are only experiencing a minor blip.

“All teams have down periods,” the Sweden international said.

“Hopefully ours is now and well get back on track as soon as possible. This is a difficult place to play, Swansea too.

“I don’t think we should over-analyse them. Stoke at home is harder to come to terms with. For us it’s just important to get back on track.”

Mon 10 December, 2012
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