Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to Antonio Conte’s comments he made about him claiming Mikel Arteta should stop complaining and concentrate on his team.
Mikel Arteta was not impressed with the performance of referee Paul Tierney during the London. the Spaniard believes Paul Tierney was biased towards Arsenal during the game and all major decisions went against his team.
Arteta thinks the game will not have ended in defeat for the Gunners if Tottenham were not awarded a dubious Penalty in the half. the decision that resulted in Holding being a yellow card and later a red card in the 33rd minute,
The 40-year-old could incur the wrath of the FA for the comments he made against the referee.
Arsenal went on to lose the game by 3-0 putting a dent in their chance of Champions League football next season.
Antonio Conte after the game criticize Mikel Arteta for complaining after the game and urged him to focus on his team.
The Italian said: ‘I listened to him (Mikel Arteta) complain a lot.’
‘I think he has to focus more on his team and not complain.
‘He has to focus more on his work and be calm. He has to continue to work because he’s very good. But to hear a coach complain all the time is not good.’
When quizzed about Antonio’s comments after the London derby he said: ‘‘What I have tried to do I think in three years here is not make any complaints.”
”I have no complaints and I didn’t complain on Thursday. I just said I could not give a clear assessment of what I thought about the game. And that’s it.”
”Whatever we do we will try to defend the club in the right way as we have always tried to do. The other night I tried to do it as well.”
”That was not trying to affect anybody. But I was being clear and honest”.
”I think that is my job and my responsibility when I talk on behalf of the club to express how we feel. And if I cannot do it, I prefer not to.”
Mikel Arteta also stressed that their top-four hopes are in their hands when they face Newcastle on Monday. in a press conference ahead of Monday’s Premier League match with Eddie Howe’s side he said: ‘Absolutely, yes. It is a good place to be.
”But as I said it is in our hands, we have done a lot in the past few months to be in this position so let’s go for it. We want to be playing in the Champions League.
”And that’s the end, we’ve come so far, as I said, it’s in our hands and we want to now capitalize on that, and the excitement and the opportunities there, and we will really want to go for it.
”It’s not pressured, it’s excitement, and this is what we have built over the last few months. And as I said, the top four are the target. Now, it’s in our hands, and we want to deliver that.’
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