Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stressed that he would not fall for Tottenham boss Antonio Conte’s ‘mind games’ as the battle for Champions League qualifying heats up.
Arteta was questioned about Conte’s remarks and, more particularly, whether he was feeling the Italian’s pressure, but he maintained his calm throughout.
“I don’t know,” he laughed. “That is a question for [Conte].
“But what we want to do is very clear, and the perception of what people think is not going to change it. I do it [mind games] more with my players, I think. I do it more with the players, if I have to. To get what I want from them.”
Arteta was then asked to elaborate on what he does with his players, to which he bluntly responded: “No, because they will know what they are doing and that is the whole point.”
While Arsenal have more chances to earn points this season, Tottenham’s schedule appears to be more favorable on paper.
The rescheduled North London derby between the two clubs appears to be a key match in the campaign to qualify for the Champions League. Arsenal is one of only three remaining opponents for Tottenham, who are now in the top half of the standings alongside Liverpool and ninth-placed Leicester.
Arsenal still have games against Chelsea, Manchester United, and West Ham coming up before the end of this month.