The weekend saw Manchester City lose 1-0 and drop to third in the top-flight rankings as the defending Premier League champions suffered their third straight domestic defeat. Gabriel Martinelli’s late goal, which was deflected off Nathan Ake’s face, was the game-winner.
One of the main talking points in a game that was slightly tarnished by refereeing controversy but had very little in the way of end-to-end drama was when Kyle Walker got into a fight with an Arsenal backroom staff member.
As Walker made his way to the tunnel, Mikel Arteta’s set-piece coach Nicolas Jover, a former Manchester City player, made an apparent attempt to shake his hand after the game. Walker firmly declined the offer.
Kyle Walker was hustled into the Emirates Stadium tunnel by Arsenal security personnel, who also involved Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in an effort to remove Walker from the issue.
The Football Association (FA), according to the BBC’s Simon Stone, will not take any action in response to the post-game altercation between Kyle Walker and a member of the Arsenal coaching staff at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
That means Walker won’t face any additional consequences or punishment at a time when Manchester City will soon be reintroducing defensive midfield stalwart Rodri after a three-match suspension.
Following a red card against Nottingham Forest last month, the Spain international missed games against Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Arsenal—three matches that Manchester City lost.
Kyle Walker will now join the England international team this week in preparation for both a UEFA European Championship qualifying match and an international friendly with Gareth Southgate’s team.