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One former Arsenal star explains why ‘Klopp was vexed’ on Sunday

One former Gunners has sympathised with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp over one controversial decision in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory.

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Arsenal defeated league leaders, Liverpool, in a thrilling contest at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side walked away with all three points in a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard.

As the game drew to a close, and Liverpool still had a fighting chance, French centre-back, Ibrahima Konaté, received a second yellow card and was subsequently dismissed. The decision denied Jurgen Klopp’s side of any opportunity to bring the game level, and just four minutes later, Leandro Trossard sealed Liverpool’s painful fate.

Konaté’s first yellow card came after the £36million man pulled Kai Havertz to the ground on the half-way line, stopping a promising chance as the Gunners had dangerous runners on both flanks. However, despite it being a correct decision to issue the defender with a yellow card, Arsenal defender, Gabriel Magalhães receive no punishment for a similar challenge.

Whilst already on a booking and just minutes after Konaté went for an early bath, Gabriel pulled Darwin Núñez down on the half-way line, almost identically replicating the Frenchman’s foul. However, instead of sending off the Arsenal culprit, the referee booked Núñez for his reaction to not seeing Gabriel’s actions being punished.

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Jurgen Klopp was also unhappy about this outcome, and former Arsenal attacker, Ian Wright, sympathised with the German boss.

The man who scored 185 goals for the side in red and white explained,  “I thought the first one could have easily been, I think that the aggressiveness in which he threw him down I think I’d have like the referee to have said there ‘calm down’. This is what I’m saying about Kai, he had them, he was in them, he was causing problems to the point where you look at him and Konate to the point where he was just awkward around him. The referee could have said I’m keeping an eye because the next one you’re thinking could he have even got out of the way, it’s quite harsh.”

He added, “But, you do [have to send Gabriel off]. His foul on Nunez in the centre-circle was a booking and he was already on one. I think that’s why Klopp was vexed. I’d be vexed with that.”

The defeat will be a huge blow for Liverpool, and if Manchester City win their game in hand, Liverpool will no longer be in control of their own destiny. Arsenal continue to pressure the frontrunners on Sunday in a London derby against West Ham.
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