MIKEL ARTETA should take the assist for Sadio Mane’s opener which set Liverpool on their way.

His Gunners side were going along very nicely indeed at a subdued Anfield before the Spaniard went ballistic around the half-hour mark.

Arteta was livid over what looked to be a routine aerial challenge from Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu and then had a full-on bust-up with Jurgen Klopp on the touchline.

The Arsenal chief even had to be held back by his own staff.

But his random fit of rage only served to explode the Kop into life.

From then on, the hosts were the only likely winners which they proved to be, comfortably.

It ended Arsenal’s ten-game unbeaten run and what will be most frustrating for Gooners is how their side – and particularly their manager – shot themselves in the foot.

Mane’s first-half strike was an excellent header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pinpoint free-kick.


Yet the high line the Gunners played for the set-piece allowed the Senegal superstar a running start which left Gabriel in all sorts of bother.

The second from Diogo Jota was caused by a horrendous backpass from Nuno Tavares, even if the remarkably-composed Liverpool forward still had much to do to finish it off.

Tavares’ loose distribution caused the visitors problems all game with another almost setting Mane away again.

The young left-back signed from Benfica in the summer has been brilliant in Kieran Tierney’s absence of late.

But after this display, it would be a shock if the more senior Scot did not reclaim his starting spot against Newcastle next week.

Liverpool were rampant from then on – as they always seem to be against Arsenal.

Further goals from Mo Salah and sub Takumi Minamino made it another embarrassing night on Merseyside for the visitors.

Arteta and his young side should take credit for the way they responded to an horrific start to the campaign which rendered them pointless after three matches.

But, with respect to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham, this was their first major test of the revival and they came up well short.

They were the architects of their own downfall with Arteta the key offender.

So often we see managers shouldering the blame for their team’s poor performance and frequently unfairly so.

Yet on this occasion, the flak sent the way of angry Arteta was fully justified.

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