'All or Nothing: Arsenal': Why did Mikel Arteta and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp fight?
Liverpool and Anfield have been a rather personal and emotional affair for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Amazon Prime Original's 'All or Nothing: Arsenal' puts it out on full display. The emotions rose to the hilt when his side took on the Reds during the 2021-22 season. While the Gunners did lose 4-0 in that match, there was plenty of drama on the sidelines with both managers of their getting teams getting into it.
The series captures Arsenal's roller-coaster Premier League season and of the many moments, it was the argument between Jurgen Klopp and Arteta during the game that garnered all the buzz. In the end, it was all sorted, but the outcome of the game left the Spaniard stung and he made his feelings about it pretty clear in the locker room. The game was billed as a high-octane clash and was more personal for Arteta, but the win was not to be.
Why did Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp fight?
The verbal dust-up occurred after Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Takehiro Tomiyasu challenged for a header, with Arteta calling for the Reds star to be booked. This didn't sit too well with Klopp who reacted to the complaints and what followed was proper argy-bargy that saw support staff from both teams separate the managers before they came to blows. The Liverpool manager was issued a yellow card for his altercation with Arteta.
Talking to BBC, he shed light on the incident. "It wasn't the plan - the situation was that Sadio goes for a clean heading challenge, no one makes a foul and they get up and for me, it's a bit too obvious that there was nothing," he said. "He's just a physical player - you can't do that, it happens too often and it's not right. When they rise up from the bench it's difficult to not get up and say something."
He also added: "It was about the situation that it was no foul from Sadio [Mane] but the Arsenal bench went up like it was a red card. I asked what they want in that situation. On his part, Arteta said the duo had a talk about post the game. "He was defending his team, I was defending my team, that's it. It doesn't matter," he said. "Yes I did [speak to Jurgen Klopp after the match] and I congratulated him. These moments are left on the pitch. I think the atmosphere was incredible from the beginning. That was it."
'All or Nothing: Arsenal' Episodes 1-3 are available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.