Mikel Arteta accused match officials of “ruining a beautiful game” after 10-man Arsenal suffered a disastrous 3-0 loss in the north London derby and was then accused of complaining fix by Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.
Arsenal followed up on Harry Kane’s first half penalty when Rob Holding prevented Heung-Min Son from racing back with the shoulder barge and saw a red for the second bookable foul.
Referee Paul Tierney and VAR earlier ignored an obvious elbow from Son on Holding but had no hesitation in giving the Gunners center his marching orders, a decision that angered Arteta.
“If I say what I think I will be suspended for six months,” Arteta said. Sky Sports. “I don’t know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think. I can’t say what I think.
“I want the referees to go in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It’s a shame because a beautiful game is ruined today.
“I’m not happy with my players. I’m proud of my players. The decision was made. We can’t change it. The referee has to make a decision in football.”
The loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium cut Arsenal’s advantage against their north London rivals in the race for Champions League qualification to a point with two games to play.
With the Gunners traveling to Newcastle on Monday Night Football – live on Sky Sports – for a crucial penultimate game of the season, Arteta wants to draw a line under the derby loss on Thursday.
“Our focus is Newcastle,” Arteta added. “This game is history. It’s gone. It’s out of our hands and we have to accept it. Now we have to be the team you saw from the beginning.
“If you lose a football game in those conditions, we lose them very painfully. But we have a big game on Monday so we’re going to try to beat them. We have two games to play each. It’s on our hands and now we have to do our jobs. We showed up from the beginning of this game. “
Conte: Arteta has a lot of complaints
Conte was delighted to find his opponent’s number at his post-match press conference, offering Arteta personal “advice” on less complaining after the Arsenal manager’s comments about Tierney’s performance.
He also pointed to his own behavior when Liverpool’s Fabinho was not shown a red card for a poor challenge by Heung-Min Son in their 1-1 draw at Anfield in their last game on Saturday.
As he said: “[Arteta] a very good coach, he could be an important coach in the future. But within six months, I had a lot of complaints from him.
“He had just started his job, and I could hear him complaining a lot. I think he should be more focused on his team, and not complain. I think he should be more calm, and try to keep working because he is so good.But a coach who complains a lot is not good.
“The red card for me is clear. Don’t forget against Liverpool, I haven’t said anything about what happened to Fabinho. If we want to complain, we have the possibility in every game to talk about the referee, decisions, being -post games.
“If you remember, he complained about [postponed] fixture. At the time I said it wasn’t good to complain, because Arsenal were happy to postpone the game in an unusual way for the positives of Covid, and they only had one player with Covid. I haven’t forgotten this. “
Although the postponed north London derby in January clearly remained on the mind of the Spurs head coach, Conte said his players also used the late call-off from Arsenal as inspiration for their four-time win. the moon.
He added: “I think for sure [the postponement was a motivation]. Bad situation, we were ready to play at that time and seeing it postponed in such a way upset us. But we know that this is the past, the present is different.
“I said before that I wanted to play against Arsenal with all the players available. I think my players were a bit upset in the first game too, because we lost 3-1. It was an important one. target tonight. “
Neville: Place for Conte | Spurs favorites today
“What happened to Conte at the end of the season? Tonight, there aren’t many clubs in Europe that Conte can go to. It’s the league right now,” Gary Neville said, speaking. on The Gary Neville Podcast.
“I was critical of this league four or five years ago when it was a poor performance in Europe but it is a good league at this time of the season with famous managers. This is the place where I think you want to be a manager in terms of showing yourself.
“I think for Conte that’s big tonight. Champions League? No brain, he stays. The only problem is that he wants to be in the Champions League, he needs to be in the Champions League. So, I think it’s a big night.But whatever if they get into the Champions League, it should have an effect on Conte.I know he has no mercy on where he wants and what he wants to do.But that has effect on him.
“Those outside players will see something to build when they get to this Champions League. It will do incredible things for the Spurs. They will look a bit more experienced, more composition, more mature and orderly. “Arsenal look weaker. In the last week of the season, you want that reliability. I see that the Spurs are favorites now.”