I was honest, It’s my job – Mikel Arteta replies Antonio Conte

Mikel Arteta, Antonio Conte

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has hit back at Tottenham manager, Antonio Conte’s suggestions that he was complaining after the Gunners’ Premier League 3-0 defeat to Spurs last week.

Tottenham defeated Arsenal at home last Thursday, but Arteta was left angered by the performance of referee, Paul Tierney during the match.

Arteta accused the match officials of ‘destroying a beautiful game’ and insisted that he would be banned by the Football Association if he offered his honest verdict on the decisions.

But Conte, meanwhile, criticised Arteta after the game and urged the Arsenal coach to avoid complaining after his team’s defeats.

“I listened to him complain a lot,” Conte said of Arteta.

“I think he has to focus more on his team and not to complain.”

But when asked about Conte’s comments, Arteta said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League tie with Newcastle United on Monday night: “What I have tried to do I think in three years here is not make any complaints.

“I have no complaints and I didn’t complain on Thursday. I just said I could not give a clear assessment of what I thought about the game. And that’s it.

“Whatever we do, we will try to defend the club in the right way, like we have always tried to do. The other night I tried to do it as well.

“That was not trying to affect anybody. But I was being clear and honest.

“I think that is my job and my responsibility when I talk on behalf of the club to express how we feel. And if I cannot do it, I prefer not to.”

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