Arsenal’s prosperous season continued to obtain momentum after a dramatic victory over tough Premier League rival Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, October 9, 2022, which kept the Gunners on top of the table.
Bukayo Saka’s two goals were instrumental in giving the Gunners the lead, but furies erupted at a point in the match that has now attracted the attention of the English Football Association.
The English Football Association is investigating a furious on-field confrontation between Arsenal and Liverpool players during Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Arsenal and Liverpool Players quarreled following referee Michael Oliver’s ruling to award Gunners a die-minute penalty, which Bukayo Saka converted to give his side a 3-2 victory.
Whereas, resentments continued to fray after the penalty as the match continues, leading to referee Oliver running over to the touchline to speak to both rival managers Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp.
It is believed that provocative words were traded between Arsenal and Liverpool players as outrages were frayed with Arsenal being awarded a late penalty which caused Oliver to go over to the touchline to inform both managers that one of the players was alleged to have said something to offend an opponent.
Several players from both teams were involved in the tough argument, with Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson flaring up to one another, while another Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka hurriedly appeared on the scene to support his teammate.
Michael Oliver made both Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp aware of statements one player allegedly made that caused the flare-up, which saw players from both clubs having to be separated after brawling.
The referee was spotted speaking to the fourth official, Andy Madley, who was seen noting down some things about the event.
Meanwhile, both managers are believed to have discussed the incident with Oliver after the final whistle and now the case has been referred to the Football Association.
The English Football Association has thereby released a statement, stating that the Association will now be looking into what happened.
An FA spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident that took place during the match between Arsenal and Liverpool”
It remains to be seen if the governing body will launch a full-scale investigation on the matter. The FA will address the match officials before deciding whether or not to take further action.
FA added: “We are in dialogue with the match officials and will review the details of the incident.”
The Gunners have won eight of their nine Premier League matches thus far and are seen as the club most likely to challenge Premier League Champions Manchester City.
Arsenal currently top the Premier League table with 24 points, leading Guardiola’s City with one point.
What’s Next for Both Arsenal and Liverpool?
The Gunners will be in Europa League action on Thursday night, October 13th. Arsenal will travel to Norway to take on Bodo/Glimt.
Similarly, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will travel to continue with their Champions League campaign against Rangers on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.