Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has accused his Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta of “complaining too much” in the wake of Thursday night’s north London derby defeat.
Arteta complained to the referee as his side lost 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, with Rob Holding seeing red midway through the first half.
Harry Kane’s double and Heung Min Son’s attack breathed new life into pushing Spurs towards fourth in the top spot, while impacting Arsenal in the process.
After the match, Aretta disputed the referee and accused Paul Tierney of “ruining a beautiful match”.
However, Conte hit back at the Spaniard over the comments, while noting the number of mistakes he felt went unpunished during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend.
“He complains a lot,” the Italian tactician said when asked about Arteta’s comments. “He has to focus more on his team.” “He has to focus more on his work. He has to keep working because he is so good. Hearing someone complain all the time is not a good thing.
“At Liverpool, can you hear me complaining about Fabinho and all the mistakes? No. He can take my advice if he wants, but if not, I don’t care.”
Despite the win, Tottenham are still fifth in the standings, one point behind their London rivals with two games remaining.
Tottenham play Burnley on Sunday and could leapfrog Arsenal with a win, albeit until Arteta’s clash with Newcastle on Monday.