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Mikel Arteta responds to Antonio Conte’s ‘complain’ comments

Mikel Arteta responds to Antonio Conte’s ‘complain’ comments

Mikel Arteta has responded to comments made by Tottenham boss Antonio Conte after the latest north London derby.

Arsenal and Tottenham faced off this past Thursday, with the former having seen a man sent off before going on to lose 3-0 to their bitter rivals.

After the game, Antonio Conte hit out at counterpart Arteta owing to the amount of complaining he does:

“He complains a lot,” the Italian said of Arsenal’s boss.

“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 [last 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 focussed 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.”

And Arteta has since responded to Conte’s comments. When asked about them ahead of his side’s meeting with Newcastle, though, the Spaniard had little to say:

“I am fully focused on Newcastle,” Arteta stated.

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Arsenal will face Newcastle United on Monday evening at St James’ Park.

The Gunners head into the game aware that nothing but a win will do, after their disastrous north London derby display earlier this week.

In addition, with Arsenal set to have, at the bare minimum, three senior players missing against Newcastle, Tottenham likely fancy their chances of solidifying their spot in the top-four before the campaign ends.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.