Mikel Arteta says he will fully support his players’ accounts of the altercation on the win against Liverpool
On Sunday, in the win against Liverpool, there was an altercation between Arsenal and Liverpool players, and the Football Association is reviewing this heated dispute. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s coach, said he would fully support his players’ accounts of the altercation.
The heated dispute, which clouded the latter stages of Arsenal’s win, broke out during added time with Jordan Henderson and Gabriel Magalhães.
Michael Oliver, the referee of the match, ran to the touchline to speak with both Jürgen Klopp and Arteta at the time. Michael also took further observations from the players involved afterward. It is believed that the FA is also reviewing his report.
On asked Arteta if he would support the version given by Arsenal’s side, he replied 100%, and It’s something I do not want to touch. Although, Arteta was reluctant to elaborate.
Although the FA is investigating the incident, It remains to be seen whether the FA opts to launch a full-scale investigation.
On asked Arteta if he expected a drawn-out process, he replied It’s something that I do not decide, and I think the timings are really difficult to predict. Moreover, he said the FA is in charge of the situation and we will have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will play their match against Bodø/Glimt on Thursday to secure a third successive Europa League group A win, and Arteta will oversee his side’s attempt. Arsenal is at the top of the group with 6 points, while Bodø/Glimt is in third with four points.