Antonio Conte fires warning to Arsenal as Tottenham pile on pressure in top four race


Antonio Conte has warned Arsenal they have a fight on their hands as Spurs wiped out West Ham.

Harry Kane and Son Heung Min were involved in all three goals to send their side up to fifth – three points behind their bitter rivals who have a game in hand. Serial winner Conte said: “You know very well that I like to fight. I think my past gives me the chance. I also deserve the chance to fight to win.

“The only way to put pressure on Arsenal is to get three points. To win. There are nine games to go and for us every game has to be a final. They have a good advantage because they’ve been working with the same coach for many years and they’ve had many transfer markets with the same coach.

“Maybe now they are more ready than us but in five months we have done a fantastic job with these players.” The victory was the first time Spurs have won back to back Premier League matches since December. Kurt Zouma ’s own goal put them ahead after nine minutes.

Son added the second after 24 minutes and struck again with two minutes to go. Said Benrahma netted West Ham ’s consolation. “I now think we have reduced the gap with many teams in England. One example, two months ago we played against Chelsea three times and we lost three games.

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“It was right because Chelsea were better than us in every aspect. After two months now I would like to have another chance to see what our level is. I’m sure now our level has improved a lot and that Chelsea would have to fight much to win against us than before.”

Double goalscorer Son stole the limelight but paid tribute to Kane’s contribution of three assists. “Before the international break it is always good to win the game and go away with a free mind,” Son told Sky Sports. Hopefully we are ready to go again when we come back.

”I just make the runs as an option for Kane. If he doesn’t pass me the ball he might have the space to pass to someone else or to shoot. It’s incredible to have this striker next to me. I feel really sorry for him today that he didn’t score. He looked sad. I feel sad for him as a striker, you want to score everything.”

West Ham boss David Moyes, meanwhile, lamented his side’s display but welcomed the international break, adding: “I think it is not just me but all the managers are happy for the break because of the intensity of the games. “It is no excuse because we want to be a big club.

“When you play in Europe you have to get used to it and the players do to, the preparation time, the recovery time, the one thing we have is a great resilience and the players showed that in the main today. Maybe we lacked some good defending and good finishing but in the main, we did not give in or cave in.”


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