Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has lashed out at Mikel Arteta after the Arsenal manager criticised the Premier League for their scheduling.
Arsenal have been forced to play two games in the space of two-and-a-half days. The Gunners played Liverpool on Wednesday night and will face Aston Villa at lunchtime tomorrow. Arteta, unsurprisingly, was not happy, and claimed that the Premier League are being unfair to Arsenal.
That, for some reason, has offended Conte and he has hit back at the Arsenal boss.
Antonio Conte hits out at Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
The Spurs boss said, as per Football London: “I only want Arteta to remember the game postponed, Tottenham-Arsenal, okay? If we speak about unfair. I stop.
“I think my answer is enough. If someone wants to speak about fair or unfair. We postponed the game, Tottenham-Arsenal, if you remember.
“I don’t forget this, and I think that it’s not right to speak about fair or unfair.
The Italian should remember his 2017 comments
The postponement of the North London derby has nothing to do with Arteta’s criticism of the Premier League. No club should be forced to play twice in two-and-a-half days. That’s something Conte has previously claimed as well.
Back in 2017, when the Italian was in charge of Chelsea, he accused the Premier League of conspiracy for making his side play at lunchtime on Saturday after a Champions League game on Wednesday night.
“Honestly, it is very difficult to think this is a coincidence. Newcastle played on Tuesday, we played on Wednesday and now we play on Saturday at 12.30. I don’t want advantages. I want the same rest as our opponents. Is it difficult to do this? I don’t think so,” Conte told The Metro in 2017.
To say that five years ago and then criticise Arteta for saying the exact same thing now is just hypocritical. He has no right to have a go at the Arsenal boss and should apologise for his comments.