Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has denied reports that he is playing mind games with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte.
It was gathered that Arteta faces a tough battle to finish in the final Champions League spot in the Premier League this season, with Tottenham and Manchester United battling for the final fourth spot with only two months to go.
Arsenal is level on points with rivals Tottenham but has two games in hand. The two sides will meet later in the season, but Arteta has denied claims of mind games.
“I don’t know [if we are favorites],” said Arteta of the top-four race ahead of Monday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
“That is a question for [Tottenham coach Antonio Conte]. But what we want to do is very clear and the perception of what people think is not going to change it.”
Asked if he enjoyed mind games with other coaches, Arteta replied: “I do it more with my players, I think.
“I do it more with the players if I have to, to get what I want from them. No [I can’t tell you how I do it], because they will know what they are doing and that is the whole point!”.