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Arsenal's Walcott apologises for diving

January 09, 2011 13:35 IST

England forward Theo Walcott has apologised for trying to win a penalty by diving in Arsenal's 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw against Leeds United on Saturday.

With Arsenal trailing 1-0 to the Championship (second division) side, the speedy winger went tumbling after a tackle by Paul Connolly.

"I want to apologise to the managers because I actually dived," Walcott said in a club statement. "I was trying to win the penalty.

"I have heard some players say if there is a slight touch go down and it can work both ways. I am not happy with myself for doing that but I am happy that we got the draw."

Walcott, 21, eventually won a penalty in stoppage time when he was pulled back in the box, allowing captain Cesc Fabregas to equalise and secure a replay at Leeds United's Elland Road.

"I had a little joke with the referee afterwards saying 'that was my first dive, can you tell'?", Walcott added.

"I don't have to own up to it and I can't speak for other players but I have just expressed how I feel. I hope people respect that."

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