Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte has praised Arsenal for having a good season, but the Italian seems to have taken a dig at Mikel Arteta’s side as well.
Conte has pointed out that Arsenal did not have any European competition this season, suggesting that the North London club had an advantage over Tottenham in the race for the Premier League top four.
Tottenham were involved in the Conference League this campaign.
Conte made the comments following Tottenham’s win against Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League today.
Tottenham are above Arsenal in the table, but the Gunners have a game in hand which is against Newcastle United on Monday.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Antonio Conte on Arsenal
Conte told Football.London when asked if he will watch Newcastle against Arsenal: “For sure I will watch the game because I love football and I want to watch and I want also to suffer.
“But I think it is a big achievement for the last game to have the possibility to take a place into Champions League because I don’t forget our path since November and we will see what happens.
“I also think Arsenal did a really good job this season because they didn’t play in Europe and now they have a chance to play in the Champions League.”
In our opinion, Conte’s comments on Arsenal not having to play in Europe is a dig at the North London club.
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss is clearly suggesting that Arsenal not having European football gave them an advantage over Tottenham in the race for the Premier League top four.
Conte is also pointing out Arsenal’s failure to qualify for any European competition this season.
The Conference League is not exactly a great competition, but it is still a European tournament that Tottenham played in.
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