Tottenham vs Arsenal: Chris Sutton says Conte could get really annoyed by Arteta in NLD
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Chris Sutton says Conte could get really annoyed by Arteta in NLD

Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal tomorrow in the North London Derby, and Chris Sutton has made an interesting claim about Antonio Conte and Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners are currently on top of the Premier League table, and after Manchester City’s defeat at Old Trafford earlier today, they can go eight points clear with a win against Spurs.

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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Chris Sutton says Antonio Conte won’t like Mikel Arteta’s antics

Arsenal have been the best team in the country this season. They have played some phenomenal football and have lost just one game in the Premier League all campaign.

Arteta deserves immense praise for the way he has transformed the Gunners. He has been lauded by almost everyone too, but the one criticism he has received, especially recently, is about his reactions on the touchline.

The £160,000-a-week Spaniard gets too excited at times, and although Arsenal fans absolutely love his passion, there are people who feel otherwise.

Sutton has had his say on the matter and he believes Conte will not be too happy if Arteta goes over the top on the touchline when the two sides meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow.

The pundit wrote on BBC Sport: “I am looking forward to this game and it will be interesting enough to just watch the technical areas when Antonio Conte and Mikel Arteta are both out there.

“I don’t think Conte will appreciate Arteta’s antics if he behaves like he did in Arsenal’s draw with Newcastle, so that will be worth keeping an eye on.”

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Conte may not appreciate Arteta’s antics on the touchline tomorrow, but the Italian is not too different, is he?

We’ve seen time and again over the years when Conte has lost his cool. We saw it this season too, when he had a huge bust-up with Thomas Tuchel during and after Tottenham’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

We don’t know if either Arteta or Conte deserve any criticism for the way they behave on the touchline, but the one thing people need to understand is that they’re both extremely passionate managers, and the heat of the moment makes them, and many others, overreact at times.

That may be annoying for the neutrals, but it’s just how they are, and that’s arguably one of the reasons why they are such great managers.

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