Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has returned to the side of Antonio Conte, insisting that the Gunners’ full attention is on his Champions League qualification … and claimed that his players are in a “good place” ahead of a crusade to Newcastle.
- Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Spurs coach Antonio Conte have traded barbs.
- Conte told Arteta not to complain after Tottenham beat Arsenal 3-0 at home.
- Arteta has backed his players after that painful blow, saying they are focused
- The Gunners head to Newcastle for the Champions League qualifiers
Mikel Arteta plans to return to Antonio Conte by assuring Arsenal the end of the season over their arch-rivals.
Tottenham manager Conte called off a 3-0 win over the Gunners in the North London derby on Thursday to stop complaining about his opponent’s numbers and focus on his own team, which restored the Champions League qualifiers.
The pair are snapping up the pair after Arsenal managed to postpone their original January clash due to a combination of injuries and coveted absences.
Antonio Conte (left) told Mikel Arteta to stop complaining after Tottenham lost to Arsenal.
Conte, Spurs manager, had enough to smile after his side lost 3-0 at home.
Now Arteta insists his players have already moved on from their derby defeats and have followed Conte’s advice in the letter. Asked if he had a message for a fiery Italian coach, Arteta said: “Yes – I’m totally focused on beating Newcastle.”
With two wins from their last two games starting in Newcastle tomorrow – Arsenal will ensure qualification for the Champions League and next season will condemn Spurs in Europa League football, but any slip-up could be a gift of glory to Conte’s men.
Arteta said: ‘I’m just looking forward, I said later [at Spurs]. That game was lost and we were disappointed but now we have a big game to play against Newcastle. We have focused all our energy on that. ‘
Arsenal reported for training yesterday morning after a day’s rest and Arteta claimed they had already suffered a defeat which he said was due more to weak referees than a lack of composers on his side at night.
Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League may now depend on their trip to Newcastle
“We started the game very well, then we conceded the first goal [penalty] Decision. ‘ He said. “It simply came to our notice then.
‘They tried to handle the situation, but very disappointed with the result. Their response shows how lucky I am to have them, how much they stand [up to pressure] In any difficulty, how eager they are to play on Monday, how excited they are about the challenge ahead.
‘We all know what we went through throughout the season to fight to stay in this position. But two games and two wins are needed. ‘
Arsenal were so badly beaten at Tottenham that it could have a lasting negative impact on their hopes of returning to the Champions League for the first time in five years. But Arteta warned his rivals not to underestimate the flexibility of their players.
With two games left in the Premier League, the Gunners are one point ahead of Spurs in fourth place
“It’s always painful to lose,” said Arteta. ‘But you also learn a lot, perhaps more than with any victory. So sometimes it’s good to go through those moments. Hopefully this will help us on Monday. ‘
Putting the injured ego in one place, Arteta’s biggest concern is the lack of central defenders. Rob Holding has been suspended after receiving a red card at Tottenham. Ben White and Ben White, who have played one minute of the last three games due to hamstring problems, may also lose.
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Arsenal are close to signing 19-year-old Sao Paulo winger Marcinhos. With his contract set to expire later this year, the Brazilian club are keen to sign him sooner rather than later.
The Wolves and Atletico Madrid have also shown interest but Arsenal, who have offered around £ 2.9 million, are expected to finalize the terms in the coming days. The Gunners are also keen to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.