Arsenal are set to be fined £25,000 after six of their players were booked in a fiery victory against Liverpool that kept them in the Premier League title race.
Three of Arsenal’s four starting defenders – Ben White, William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes – were all shown yellow cards for various offences, while Jakub Kiwior, who replaced full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, was booked in the second half.
Declan Rice and Kai Havertz were also booked.
Despite Arsenal’s players receiving more bookings than their opponents, Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor for two yellow card offences and manager Jurgen Klopp complained that there were some inconsistency with his previous games.
“A lot of things were against of us today,” Klopp said.
“This referee gave me a red card against Man City for wrestling situation between Bernardo Silva and Mo Salah. Today, same situation with [Diogo] Jota but didn’t get a red card.
“It is unbelievable, then the one of holding [Kai] Havertz on Konate for the first yellow card. Then Havertz goes down and the referee gives Konate a yellow card. Gabriel [Magalhaes] does the same to [Darwin] Nunez and no yellow card.”
While it is rare, Chelsea and Liverpool have both been fined this season this season when at least six of their players were booked in a game. Chelsea had six players booked during a heated encounter with Wolves on Christmas Eve and Liverpool had eight players booked in a fixture with Tottenham Hotspur in October. Spurs almost triggered a fine with five bookings.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, however, is set to escape punishment for sprinting down the touchline to celebrate Leandro Trossard’s stoppage-time goal that sealed the victory.
Arteta has long been criticised in some quarters for his over-exuberant celebrations and a new “Technical Area Code of Conduct” was drawn up in the summer by football’s lawmakers in an attempt to rein this kind of behaviour in.
The code specifically states that managers and coaches “must remain within your own technical area during the match”. As part of the new rules, referees have been “empowered to take a robust approach, issue yellow and red cards where behaviour falls below expected standards”.
Referee Taylor did not, however, issue Arteta with a booking. The Arsenal manager hurtled out of his technical area and ran down the Emirates Stadium touchline after Trossard’s strike ensured his side beat Liverpool and moved within two points of their opponents, who are top of the table. He also high-fived Arsenal supporters.
i understands the FA will only take further action if it deems an incident to be extraordinary and, to avoid effectively re-refereeing games, does not intent to take any further action against the Arsenal manager.
Arteta has already been booked once this season for celebrating when he was shown a yellow card by referee Samuel Barrott for what was confirmed by the FA as “excessive celebrating” when Rice scored a stoppage time winner against Luton Town in December.
In an unexpectedly tight game, the score was 3-3 before Rice headed in a late goal.
Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit, sparked a wider debate about Arsenal’s celebrations when he criticised Martin Odegaard for celebrating with the club photographer after the game.
“Just get down the tunnel, you’ve won a game, it’s three points,” Carragher said. ”You’ve been brilliant, you’re back in the title race. Get down the tunnel.”