Football: 'He complains a lot' - Spurs boss Conte urges Arteta to focus on Arsenal

Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the EPL soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC in London, on May 12. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON (REUTERS) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has told Mikel Arteta to stop complaining and focus on his own team after the Arsenal boss criticised the referee following Thursday's 3-0 defeat that cut his side's advantage in the Premier League's top-four race to just one point.

Arteta was left fuming after referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot in the 22nd minute - which Harry Kane converted - and then showed a second yellow to Rob Holding 11 minutes later for a foul on Son Heung-min.

"If I say what I think, I am suspended for six months," said Arteta. "I don't know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think... it's a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed today."

Conte, whose team eased to victory on the back of a Kane double and a strike from Son, was unhappy with Arteta's assessment of the referee.

"Mikel Arteta is a really good coach. He's just started to do this job and I think that I hear him complain a lot. I think that he needs to be focused more on his team and not to complain," he said.

"The red card for me it was clear. Don't forget against Liverpool I said nothing what happened with Fabinho."

The Italian hinted that it was unfair that Arsenal were able to get the original fixture in January rearranged on the grounds of Covid-19 even though the squad had only one positive case.

"Arsenal were good to postpone a game in an incredible way with Covid and they only had one player with Covid. I didn't forget this. If he wants to complain, we have a lot of possibilities to complain," said Conte.

Fourth-placed Arsenal, who lead Spurs by a point with two games remaining, travel to Newcastle United on Monday while Conte's side host Burnley a day earlier.

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