‘I cannot say what I think’, says Mikel Arteta in cryptic interview after defeat to Tottenham with Arsenal facing defensive crisis for rest of season

Mikel Arteta’s phrases after Arsenal’s defeat to Tottenham had an identical really feel to Jose Mourinho’s ‘If I speak I’m in massive bother’ interview with the Gunners boss making a sequence of cryptic feedback.

The race for fourth was blown vast open as Spurs inflicted a 3-0 hammering on their north London rivals on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Arsenal were deservedly beaten by their local rivals


Arsenal have been deservedly crushed by their native rivals

Will Arteta’s men fall out of the top four before the end of the season?


Will Arteta’s males fall out of the highest 4 earlier than the top of the season?

It was a disastrous night for the Gunners, who fell behind by way of Harry Kane’s penalty early on after Cedric Soares was adjudged to have barged over Heung-min Son.

In the meantime, Kane’s shut vary end simply earlier than the break and Son’s strike early within the second half sealed the factors and bragging rights for Antonio Conte’s males.

Whether or not the penalty ought to’ve been given has divided opinion however Arteta stored his views very intently to his chest.

“If I say what I think I’m suspended for six months,” Arteta advised Sky Sports activities.

“I am allowed to give my interpretation of what happened. I don’t know how to lie and I don’t like lying so I prefer not to say what I think.”

Pressed additional on if he’s sad with any of the selections made by referee Paul Tierney, he responded: “I cannot say what I think. I will be suspended.”

It was a strange interview by Arteta,  who gave very little away

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It was a wierd interview by Arteta, who gave little or no away

“We should ask the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions… it’s a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed today.”

The match additionally noticed Rob Holding get despatched off on 33 minutes for 2 fouls on Son. Few may disagree with Holding’s determination there.

Requested about Holding’s purple card, Arteta added: “The choice is made. We can not change it.

“The referee has to make a decision in every action in football.”

Holding was guilty of playing the occasion rather than the game


Holding was responsible of taking part in the event relatively than the sport

And when requested about whether or not he was sad together with his gamers, Arteta mentioned: “With my players, no. I’m so proud of my players.”

Issues went from dangerous to worse for Arsenal late within the second half as centre-back Gabriel going off with what seemed like a hamstring damage within the second half.

This implies they’re with out the suspended Holding for his or her remaining two matches of the season, and could possibly be with out Gabriel and Ben White for his or her journey to Newcastle on Monday and conflict at residence to Everton on the ultimate day.

Requested why White wasn’t introduced on, Arteta mentioned: “To take the risk in the situation didn’t make any sense. We now focus on Newcastle [on Monday], this game is history.”

And on Gabriel’s damage, he added: “He felt something so hopefully Ben will be fit and hopefully Gabi will recover because if not obviously we don’t have enough players in the back line.”

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