Arteta: «If I say what I think, they suspend me for six months»

Mikel Arteta exploded in the press room after Arsenal’s resounding defeat against Tottenham (3-0). The Basque coach had the opportunity to classify his team for the Champions League after five seasons of absence, but now the fight between the eternal rivals for a European place is red hot two days from the end of the Premier.

Arteta did not like the performance of referee Paul Tierney, who sent off Holding in the 32nd minute with a double yellow card. «I have two options: I can lie to them or they can suspend me, and I really want to be on the bench against Newcastle,» he told reporters when asked about the first-half decisions.

«If I say what I think, they suspend me for six months. I can give my interpretation of what happened, but I can’t lie. Ask the referee to come in front of the camera to explain his decision. It’s a shame because today such a match was destroyed. handsome…». «But this meeting is already history, it got out of hand and we have to accept it,» he said.

«It’s painful, but we have a big game on Monday (against Newcastle), so we’ll try to beat them. There are two games left, it’s in our hands and we have to do our job.»