The visitors knew victory at home to their rivals would seal a return to Champions League football, but they capitulated and slipped to a 3-0 defeat, along with the sending off of Rob Holding, to leave Spurs just a point behind.
Holding’s red card was sandwiched between Kane’s goals as the Arsenal defender emerged second best in a tussle with Son.
Speaking after the match, Arteta would not be drawn to his thoughts on referee Paul Tierney, saying: “I can’t say what I think or I will be suspended.”
He wouldn’t add to his opinion but, when asked about Arteta’s stance on the officials’ decisions, Conte didn’t hold back.
“He complains a lot,” the Italian said of Arteta.
“He needs to focus more on his team. He needs to focus more on his job. He must continue to work because he is a very good (coach). Hearing someone complain all the time is not so good.
“In Liverpool (Saturday) do you hear me complaining about Fabinho and all the faults? No. He can take my advice if he wants, but if not, I don’t care.
“I listen and he complains a lot. I think he needs to be more focused on his team and not complain because he has just started his job. He should be calm and try to keep working. Listening to a coach complaining often is not good.
Both teams now have two games to play as the game has come at a crucial stage in the season, having been rescheduled after Arsenal successfully appealed to the Premier League.
Conte was unhappy with the postponement and hit the call again as he continued to criticize his north London rivals.
“He (Arteta) complained about matches and that was after Arsenal had an incredible postponement with just one case of Covid,” he added.
“Now we play at noon on Sunday and they don’t play until Monday. You can’t always complain.
Arteta refused to blame his players for what was a surprisingly abject performance and continued to ask further questions about his vision for the game.
“If I speak my mind, I’m suspended for six months,” he said.
“I have the right to give my interpretation of what happened but I can’t lie.
“I have two options, I can lie to you, or I can be suspended, and I really want to be on the touchline against Newcastle.
“We wanted to play the game and we were so excited to play a game and you saw the team, how it started, the way we were playing and that great opportunity was destroyed and unfortunately we couldn’t take advantage of the game we wanted to play.
Antonio Conte urges Mikel Arteta to stop complaining and focus on Arsenal
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