Mikel Arteta has stated that he will support his players’ stories of the altercation that marred the final minutes of Sunday’s victory for Arsenal over Liverpool.
The tense altercation between Gabriel Magalhes and Jordan Henderson that occurred during the extra time is being investigated by the Football Association.
Michael Oliver, the referee, rushed to the touchline to speak with Arteta and Jürgen Klopp at the time. He later collected further information from the players involved, and it’s rumored that the FA is evaluating his report.
When asked if he agreed with the version presented by Arsenal, Arteta responded, “100%,” although he was hesitant to go into further detail. He declared, “It’s something I don’t want to touch,” he said.
Whether the FA decides to open a thorough inquiry into the event is still up in the air. When asked if he anticipated a protracted procedure, Arteta responded, “I think timings are really difficult to predict. The FA is in charge of the situation, and we’ll have to wait and see.”
Arteta will be in charge of his team’s effort to defeat Bod/Glimt on Thursday in order to win group A of the Europa League for the third time in a row after they were defeated 3-0 last week.
In Bod, located inside the Arctic Circle and where Roma was humiliated twice last season in the Conference League, the game will be played on a synthetic pitch. Gianluca Mancini, a defender, suffered a knee injury during the quarterfinal first leg, which José Mourinho attributed to “something induced by playing on a synthetic turf.” Mourinho’s team lost 6-1 in the group stage and 2-1 in the quarterfinal first leg.
Aspmyra Stadion was packed to capacity (8,270) when Arsenal arrived for their pre-match duties, and they are anxious to avoid making the playing surface a problem. Martin degaard, returning to his own nation but unlikely to start the game, noted that the biggest error we can make is to talk excessively about the field, the weather, or anything else; although it’s a little different and requires some adaptation, football still follows the same rules.