Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal: Spurs increase top-four pressure on Gunners with victory

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is tackled by Ryan Sessegnon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said “a beautiful game was destroyed” as his side suffered a damaging blow in their top-four hopes with a north London derby defeat at Tottenham. Spurs won 3-0 to move within a point of their rivals with two games remaining.

Tottenham’s opener came from the penalty spot before Arsenal had Rob Holding sent off. “If I say what I think I am suspended for six months,” said Arteta when asked about the officiating. “I don’t know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think. I cannot say what I think. “I am not unhappy with my players. I am proud of my players. I want the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It’s a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed.

“The decision was made. We can’t change it. The referee has to make a decision in football.”Tottenham manager Antonio Conte declined to add his opinion on the decisions but did not hold back on his opposite number. “He complains a lot,” the Italian said of Arteta. “He has to focus more on his team. He has to focus more on his work.

“He has to continue to work because he’s a very good [coach]. To hear someone complain all the time is not so good.


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