Wenger wades into RVP diving storm

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger was last night forced to defend another of his strikers in a diving storm, after Robin van Persie admitted exaggerating contact from defenders.<br /><br />Wenger has already fought Eduardo&rsquo;s corner this season, successfully appealing to Uefa after European chiefs hit the Croatian with a two-match ban for diving. <br /><br />And ahead of tonight&rsquo;s Champions League clash with Olympiacos the Frenchman was back on the defensive, insisting Van Persie&rsquo;s comments did not make him a cheat.<br /><br />&ldquo;Sometimes when a striker is fouled, he wants to make sure the referee sees that, which is what Robin was talking about,&rdquo; said Wenger.<br /><br />&ldquo;He wanted to show there&rsquo;s a difference between what people call diving and being fouled. In fact, the television showed a great example at Manchester United when a penalty was not given when Patrice Evra fouled Van Persie 100 per cent.&nbsp; He had to go down, but when you go down, you make sure the referee notices you have been fouled.&rdquo;<br /><br />Wenger&rsquo;s attacking concerns are not restricted to Van Persie, after Nicklas Bendtner was involved in a car crash on Sunday morning. The Dane was not seriously hurt when his Aston Martin left the road in north London, but will miss this evening&rsquo;s fixture. Wenger said: &ldquo;Fortunately he did no long-term damage but he was bruised and we thought it was best for him not to train.&rdquo;<br /><br />Eduardo returns to the squad after missing Saturday&rsquo;s win at Fulham, but winger Theo Walcott remains sidelined and Wenger revealed midfielder Denilson&rsquo;s back injury is worse than first thought. The Brazilian, hurt against Manchester City earlier this month, has a minor fracture and is expected to be out for two months. But Wenger said: &ldquo;Aaron Ramsey is not far away from the first team and Jack Wilshere can play, so we have plenty of opportunities for young players to come in.&rdquo;