Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explains the fierce clash with Jurgen Klopp during the loss to Liverpool

The Spaniard was outraged after a 30-minute clash between Takehiro Tomiyasu and Sadio Mane left the Arsenal defender on the pitch, and Arteta’s assistant coaches had to physically restrain him as he tried to take on Klopp.

“He (Klopp) was trying to defend his side, I was trying to defend mine and that’s it,” Arteta told reporters after the game.

“For me, all these incidents stay there (on the court), they are part of … the way we would like to compete.

“It was just an action (from Mane) and I try to defend my players and that’s what I did.”

Mikel Arteta Jurgen Klopp was booked for the altercation.

Both Klopp and Arteta received a yellow card for the incident, and the Liverpool manager suggested he was upset with Arsenal apparently trying to get Mané to caution, but insisted the clash was “nothing”.

“We had to take out Sadio against Atlético de Madrid because Atlético was only for that,” he said. “To get him a yellow card and I have to get him out and … it’s just not right.”

The loss ended Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten streak, but West Ham’s loss to the Wolves means the Gunners remain just three points behind the Champions League places.

The victory puts Liverpool within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a surprise loss to West Ham before the international break.

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