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Conte cites Arteta as an example of ‘time and patience’ paying off


Antonio Conte has pointed to Arsenal’s improvement under Mikel Arteta as proof that ‘time and patience’ are needed to succeed in the Premier League.

Arsenal top the table having won six of their first seven games this season.

Tottenham boss Conte takes his side to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday for the North London derby, sitting just two places and a point behind the Gunners after their own impressive start to the campaign.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Conte – who has previously spoken of the need for time to bring Spurs up to the level of other big clubs in England – was keen to highlight the patience shown by their rivals .

“I think the club have supported Arteta over these years, and you see that when you trust a person, and Arsenal have also shown in a difficult time now with Arteta supporting him at all times,” he said. -he declares. “And now they have good results.

“I think they are doing a good job. But in my opinion it is always very, very important to go along with the manager and with the club.

“If you want to build something important you have to go together to have a good relationship and I think the manager in every decision that goes [be made] must have a good explanation at the club why I want this [player] and not this player.

“It’s just that the manager shows the vision you have and then the club has to agree with them. I think to have a good relationship, a great bond between the manager and the club, for sure you [will] have a much better future than the present.”

Conte has been repeatedly asked about his future at Spurs, particularly with rumors of a return to Juventus should the Italian giants part ways with Massimiliano Allegri.

However, the 53-year-old wants to focus on his job in London, reiterating the need to be patient.

“I know we need time and a bit of patience to try to build a path to becoming seriously competitive with [Manchester] City, Liverpool, Chelsea, [Manchester] United and Arsenal,” he added.

“For me it is important to realize this and to understand that we need time and patience. I like working with this club and it is very important to have a good relationship with the owner, with Fabio [Paratici]to stay in the same line, the same vision.

“So I know very well that maybe in other clubs you have the possibility of having a path that is not that long.”

Only Manchester United, Chelsea and West Ham spent more than Tottenham’s £152.91m in the recent Premier League transfer window, but Conte maintains the club need to do things differently from their rivals when it comes to is about improving his team.

“I sometimes hear that people [praise you for] two or three good results, but it’s important to be honest, to know what the reality is [is] and to be ready to fight, to be ready to work to try to improve the situation,” he said.

“You know very well that you need time and patience to slowly improve the team. And you have to know that other clubs can enter the transfer market and put [in] a lot of money and you have to do things with common sense and I think maybe that’s the right way for a club like Tottenham.”

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