Roy Hodgson does not believe there was any intent from Joe Cole after the midfielder was sent off on his Premier League debut for Liverpool.
Cole was shown a straight red card in first-half stoppage-time after a lunging challenge on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny near the touchline.
New Reds boss Hodgson was relieved to see Koscielny did not suffer a serious injury and is adamant there was nothing malicious in Cole's tackle.
"There was certainly no intention from Joe Cole to foul the player, that's out of the question, as he was throwing himself to block the ball," Hodgson told Sky Sports.
"From what I've seen on the TV images, and I've got to say in real time it's very difficult to have a clear opinion of it, it's obviously one of those challenges where people throw themselves to stop the ball being played down the line or played forward.
"Unfortunately, there's a collision between the player and the defender, and the referee often sees it as being a worse foul than perhaps it was.
"I was pleased to see the Arsenal player was not badly hurt as he was able to play the full 90 minutes."
Liverpool recovered from Cole's red card to take the lead early in the second half through David Ngog only for Jose Reina's own goal to gift Arsenal a point.
Hodgson praised the performance of his team in adversity and was disappointed not to come away with a win in his first league game in charge of the club.
He said: "It was a bit disappointing, I suppose, to have lost two points so close to the end, but I thought it was a remarkable performance after having to play the whole of the second half with 10 men against a strong Arsenal team.
"I thought it was a sterling effort in the second half.
"I thought the boys worked very hard to get some defensive shape into the team, especially when we were down to 10 men and, even with 10 men, we created some quite good chances to score more goals in the second half."