Conte slams Arteta over Arsenal fixture moans as Spurs boss points to controversial North London Derby postponement

Conte slams Arteta over Arsenal fixture moans as Spurs boss points to controversial North London Derby postponement

March 18, 2022

ANTONIO CONTE has no sympathy for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta who blasted Premier League chiefs for the Gunners' congested fixture-pile up.

Arteta let rip at Prem bosses for handing the club a hectic run of games after Arsenal lost 2-0 to Liverpool on Wednesday night.


Following their midweek clash with the Reds, Arsenal face Aston Villa on Saturday in what will be their third match in the space of six days.

They face a similar situation next month when they have to take on Chelsea and Manchester United just three days apart.

The pile-up has infuriated Arteta who sarcastically "thanked" top-flight supremos for giving Arsenal no respite in their chase for the fourth Champions League spot.

The Spaniard even suggested Arsenal's heavy schedule will give United an unfair advantage as the race for the top four hots up.

But Arteta's complaints received no support from Tottenham boss Conte who's still reeling from Arsenal's decision to cancel the North London Derby in January.

The Gunners requested for the Prem clash to be postponed due to a lack of available players who were out because of Covid and injury.

The decision left Conte fuming as he felt games should only be cancelled because of Covid – not for injuries.

And the Italian's still seething from Arsenal's ill-timed request that he reckons was unfair on his Spurs side.

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Which is why he reminded his counterpart Arteta to remember Arsenal's cancellation of the game when moaning about his club's fixture issues ahead of Tottenham's match against West Ham on Sunday.

When asked by the media for his thoughts on Arteta's protest, Conte interjected to say, via Football.London: "Yeah but I only want Arteta to remember the game postponed. Tottenham – Arsenal okay?

"If we speak about unfair. I stop."

And when he was asked to elaborate, Conte concluded: "But in general, I think my answer is enough. Okay, yeah, it's enough.

"If someone wants to speak about fair or unfair. We postponed the game, Tottenham-Arsenal, if you remember. I don't.

"I don’t forget this, and I think that it’s not right to speak about fair or unfair."

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