Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta responds to Antonio Conte comments as Paul Merson U-turns

Anger and frustration engulfed Arsenal on Thursday night.

The team did not perform to their best against Tottenham in the Premier League, losing 3-0 and missing the chance to secure a Champions League spot for next season. Afterwards, manager Mikel Arteta simmered with fury too, clearly unhappy at penalty and red card decisions that went against his team.

Nevertheless, the Gunners’ destiny remains in their own hands, with two wins in their last two games enough for them to earn a top-four finish. On Monday, they will go into another cauldron though – against Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Mirror Sport has all of your latest Arsenal news ahead of that titanic game, in which cooler heads will surely be required to prevail.

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Arteta issues response to Conte

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte accused Arteta of complaining too often after the North London derby on Thursday.

The Arsenal manager was livid when conducting his post-match media duties and said he didn’t want to speak about referee Paul Tierney as he would receive a long ban. However, the Spurs boss evidently did not think there was a justifiable reason for his complaints.

Asked about those remarks, Arteta tried to shift the focus onto the team’s upcoming game against Newcastle.

“I’m fully focused on Newcastle,” was his response when asked about Conte’s comments. “If I say what I think I will be suspended for six months and I want to be on the touchline for our next game on Monday night.”

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Merson makes top-four prediction

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson thinks Arsenal will now miss out on the top four after Thursday’s heavy defeat to their rivals.

Throughout the campaign the ex-England international has said that Spurs are heavily dependent on Harry Kane, who was on the scoresheet twice in the derby.

Now, Merson thinks the nature of the loss may be tough for a youthful Arsenal team to overcome, with an away trip to Newcastle and a home clash with Everton to come in the remaining weeks of the season.

“I could not believe what I was watching,” he said of the game. “They have opened the door to the top four now and I’d be shocked if Tottenham don’t win their last two games.

“I can’t see Arsenal winning their last two games. Newcastle in their last home game of the season is a difficult game because they will have a point to prove. Everton at the Emirates Stadium? You’d take that. Everton have picked up results lately.”

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Arteta advised to add leadership

At times this season, the vibrant young talent in the Arsenal squad has thrilled fans. However, on Thursday, some figures with some more experience would have been beneficial.

The Gunners’ transfer policy in the previous summer window pointed towards a long-term plan and in the main those acquisitions have excelled. The likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Martin Odegaard can be foundation pieces in the coming years at the Emirates Stadium.

But if the team is going to go to the next level, then some nous will be needed, be it added in the form of a new acquisition or acquired by developing current players.

“It would be ridiculous to expect Arteta to green-light a move for a player in their 30s that is past their best, but acquiring a player over the age of 24 is no sin and something that the manager must consider that could accelerate the progress of his side,” noted Charlie Parker-Turner in his piece assessing the current state of the squad.

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