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Tottenham boss Conte tells Arteta to ‘be more focused and stop complaining’ after Arsenal defeat

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Tottenham boss Conte tells Arteta to ‘be more focused and stop complaining’ after Arsenal defeat


Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta “needs to be more focused on his team and not complain”.

Conte was speaking to reporters after his side’s emphatic 3-0 win against north-London rivals Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night.

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Arteta was visibly frustrated with the officiating as Tottenham’s opener came from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute when Cedric Soares pushed Son Heung-min in the back.

Shortly after, his side were reduced to 10 men when Rob Holding was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Son.

Arteta refused to comment on referee Paul Tierney’s performance after the match, saying he “would be suspended for a long time” if he gave an “honest assessment” of the officiating.

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Conte, however, told his managerial counterpart to “be calm and to try to continue to work”.

The 54-year-old Italian said: “I think Arteta is a really good coach. He has just started to do this job and I hear him complain a lot.

“Don’t forget, against Liverpool I said nothing about what happened with Fabinho because if we want to complain, we have the possibility every game to speak about the referee, about the decision and about the postponed game.

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“I think he can become an important coach in the future. But in six months I have listened to him complain a lot.

“If he wants to complain, we have a lot of possibilities to complain. Today, I can complain about why I have to play on Sunday at 12pm and Arsenal play on Monday night. And they have one day more rest.

“We played against Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and now after only two days we have to play and we have to play the first game at 12pm.

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“He can take my advice if he wants, but if not I don’t care.”

Tottenham have the chance to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place when they host relegation candidates Burnley on Sunday.

Arsenal are next in action on Monday night when they visit Newcastle United.

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(Photo: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)





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