Mikel Arteta spoke to the media following Arsenal’s loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday and addressed the touchline bust-up he had with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Mikel Arteta vs Jurgen Klopp
A clash between Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and Liverpool striker Sadio Mane in the 30th minute of the match left the Japanese defender on the ground, with Mikel Arteta being visibly furious as Sadio Mane escaped without a yellow card.
The incensed Spaniard tried to confront Jurgen Klopp for his player’s unpunished dirty antics, and Arteta had to be restrained by the Arsenal assistant coaches who struggled to hold back the animated manager.
Words were exchanged between the two and the referee eventually had step in and diffuse the situation – both managers received a yellow card booking for their troubles.
Anfield crowd riled up
However, the Anfield faithful were noticeably riled up by the bust-up, with the fracas only serving to make the already intimidating atmosphere at Anfield even worse for the Arsenal players – the whole stadium of Liverpool fans were absolutely rocking.
Arsenal eventually capitulated and succumbed to the pressure and conceded their first of four goals of the night, their youthful inexperience was painfully evident as Liverpool tore them to shreds in every department.
Mikel Arteta trying to defend his player
Speaking to the media following the game, Mikel Arteta explained his side of the story regarding the touchline bust-up, explaining that Klopp was trying to defend his side and he (Arteta) was trying to defend his own, and that’s it.
He added that these incidents stay on the pitch and that they are part of the way that they would like to compete, adding that he was reacting to the challenge by Mane and only trying to defend his players.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also addressed the situation, saying that they had to take off Sadio Mane in a previous match against Atletico Madrid because the opponents were trying to get him sent off, which was “just not okay”.
He added that he was upset with what he perceives to be Arsenal trying to do the same thing to get Mane sent off as well.
10-game unbeaten run ends
The defeat sees Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten run come to an end, however, Arsenal are still only just 3 points away from the Champions League spots with Man United inexplicably self-destructing against Watford on Sunday, in a result that saw Ole Gunnar Solksjaer sacked.