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Antonio Conte in no mood for Mikel Arteta’s complaints after Spurs victory

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Antonio Conte hits back at Mikel Arteta.

Antonio Conte was in no mood for the complaints of Mikel Arteta, after the Arsenal manager hit out at referee Paul Tierney for his performance in Thursday’s North London derby,

Conte’s Spurs side won 3-0, to move within a point of their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification, and the home team’s cause was aided by the first half sending-off of Gunners defender Rob Holding.

Mikel Arteta fumes at referee.

The centre-back received two yellow cards for fouls on Son Heung-Min, but afterwards Arteta made it clear that he didn’t agree with Tierney’s decisions.

“If I say what I think I will be suspended for six months and I want to be on the touchline for our next game on Monday night,” the Spaniard said.

“I want the referee to come in front of the cameras and explain his decisions because we were so excited to play this game and this beautiful occasion was destroyed tonight.

“I haven’t spoken with Rob Holding but you can imagine that having to leave so early in a huge match like this is very tough.”

Spurs win North London derby.

While Arteta was understandably sore after losing such big game, Holding didn’t help himself with an erratic performance, while most of his teammates underperformed on a night in which they could have sealed a return to European football’s top table for the first time since 2016/17.

Two first-half Harry Kane goals, one of which was a penalty, gave Spurs a cushion heading into half-time, before Son added a third just after the break.

With far more experience in the management game than his Arsenal counterpart, Conte was willing to issue advice to the 40-year-old afterwards, although he suggested that his words may fall on deaf ears.

Antonio Conte: “He needs to be more calm.”

“Arteta is a really good coach but he has just started this job and he has to be more focused on his team and not to keep complaining,” the Italian said.

“In six months here [at Spurs], I have listened to him complaining a lot. He needs to be more calm. But if he doesn’t want to accept my advice, I don’t care.

“The red card was clear for me and if we want to complain we have the opportunity every game to talk about referees, decisions and postponed games.

“If you remember, Arsenal did well to postpone this game in an incredible way when only one player had Covid,” Conte added, referring back to when Thursday night’s meeting was originally postponed in January.

“I didn’t forget this because it made us a bit angry. If we want to complain I can also ask why we have to play again on Sunday at 12 o’clock and Arsenal do not play until Monday night and have one more day’s rest.”

Champions League race.

Champions League qualification now comes down to the final two games for the North London rivals, with Spurs hosting Burnley on Sunday before travelling to Norwich City on the final day.

Arsenal, meanwhile, face an away game at Newcastle United on Monday night, before taking on Everton at home on the last day of the season, which is pencilled in for Sunday May 22nd.

Chelsea, in third place, need just two points from their final two matches to secure their spot in next year’s Champions League.

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