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Arsenal boss Arteta refuses to snap back at Conte

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to bite back at Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte after comments made at the end of a fiery north London derby.

Spurs brushed aside their rivals 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to reignite hopes of pipping the Gunners to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.

But the drama did not end on the pitch as, after Arteta appeared to blame referee Paul Tierney for the result, Conte claimed the Spaniard “complains a lot" and should “focus more on his team".

Rather than continue the war of words, Arteta indicated he was following Conte's advice when asked whether he had a response to the Italian's remarks ahead of Arsenal's trip to Newcastle on Monday.

“I am fully focused on Newcastle," said Arteta. “We have a huge game to play on Monday against Newcastle and full focus on energy is just on that."

He added: "That game was lost and we were disappointed but now I just look forward.

“We all know everything that we've been sort of through throughout the season and how we have had to fight to be in this position.

“I am (lucky) to have them, how they stand (up to pressure) under any difficulty, how much they are looking forward to play on Monday, how excited they are about the challenge ahead."


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