“ He was defending his team, I was defending mine! ”: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta downplays the furious clash on the touchline with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield … as his team suffered a heavy defeat.
- Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp were involved in a blowout during the first half
- Arteta lost her temper when Takehiro Tomiyasu fell during an aerial battle.
- The Arsenal manager has downplayed the dispute, claiming he was defending his team
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says “nothing” prompted him to join Jurgen Klopp during his team’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
The pair found themselves face to face on the touchline in the 32nd minute after an aerial battle between Sadio Mane and Takehiro Tomiyasu left the latter on deck.
Arteta completely lost his temper and at one point had to be physically restrained by his assistant when he threatened to enter Klopp’s technical area. Both coaches were finally cautioned by the referee
Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp faced off on the touchline during their team’s clash
Once things cooled down, Arteta (right) and Klopp (left) were cautioned by the referee.
When asked what prompted his reaction, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘Nothing. He (Klopp) was defending his team, I was defending my team. I congratulated him on the game.
“For me, all these incidents stay there, they are part of the coup and the way we would like to compete.”
On the other hand, the Reds coach went into more details when he said: ‘We had to take out Sadio (Mane) against Atlético de Madrid because Atlético was only for that, to get him a yellow card and I have to take him out and all this kind of thing and it’s just not right.
“I have to say that the referee did very well in that situation, I know I deserved a yellow card, no problem.” If there is a tough challenge, we are all like that, but it was nothing.
Klopp was the happier of the two coaches after his team took all three points.
He didn’t even touch it. It was just two players who were flying in the air and then jumping and that was not right and that is what I said. ”
Goals from Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino inflicted defeat on the Gunners by ending their 10-game unbeaten streak.
But the Gunners remain fifth after Manchester United lost 4-1 to Watford and will face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium next weekend.