Why I clashed with Klopp – Arteta speaks ahead of Liverpool trip

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has dismissed his touchline bust-up with Jurgen Klopp last season as one of those things that happen in football.

Arteta and his Liverpool counterpart had a furious exchange of words during a 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

The Gunners’ boss was furious following a tackle from Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu.

But ahead of Sunday’s game, he has spoken about his respect for Klopp and his coaching staff.

“That’s football. After that, we hugged each other and moved on. I have full respect and admiration for what he and the coaching staff have done at Liverpool. We move on.

“I reacted that day, to defend our players in the best possible way. But I don’t see me like this, so hopefully not,” Arteta told the media on Friday.