Tottenham coach Antonio Conte has criticized Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, saying he complains alot after the Spaniard said “a beautiful game was destroyed” in the Gunners 3-0 defeat to Tottenham in a North London derby.
Arsenal’s Champions League hopes were dealt a blow as the 3-0 victory has taken Tottenham to within a point of their rivals with two games remaining.
Tottenham’s first goal came from the penalty spot before Arsenal had Rob Holding was given his marching orders.
“If I say what I think, I am suspended for six months,” said Arteta when asked about the officiating.
“I don’t know how to lie, so I prefer not to say what I think. I cannot say what I think.
“I am not unhappy with my players. I am proud of my players. I want the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It’s a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed.
“The decision was made. We can’t change it. The referee has to make a decision in football.”
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte declined to add his opinion on the decisions but did not hold back on his opposite number.
“He complains a lot,” the Italian said of Arteta. “He has to focus more on his team. He has to focus more on his work.
“He has to continue to work because he’s a very good [coach]. To hear someone complain all the time is not so good.
“At Liverpool [on Saturday] do you hear me complain about Fabinho and all the fouls? No. He can take my advice if he wants, but if not, I don’t care.
“I listen and he complains a lot. I think that he has to be more focused on his team and not to complain because he has just started his work. He has to be calm and try to continue to work. To listen to a coach complain a lot of the time is not good.”