Richard Keys mocks "mini-me" Arteta in brutal blast over angry Arsenal interview

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Richard Keys has mocked Mikel Arteta by calling him a "mini-me" following the Arsenal manager's enraged post-match interview.

The Spaniard saw his side suffer a setback in their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham in Thursday night's North London derby. Harry Kane netted a double for Spurs, either side of a reckless red card for Gunners defender Rob Holding, before Son Heung-min completed the rout.

Arteta was visibly furious during his post-match interview, in which he repeatedly refused to comment on the performance of referee Paul Tierney, who awarded Spurs a spot-kick following a contentious foul from Cedric Soares and gave Holding his marching orders with just 33 minutes on the clock. In the wake of the episode, BeIN Sports presenter Keys took to Twitter to mock Arteta over his interview antics.

Keys asserted that the Gunners boss seemed strikingly similar to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whom he worked with before accepting the Arsenal job, in the spiky post-match interview with Sky Sports' Geoff Sheeves. Keys wrote: “Mini-me wasn’t very happy was he? He’s got a point. How dare the opposition try to win? He’s just like Guardiola there. Ok. Pen was soft – but he should’ve taken Holding off. That was his fault. Well done Geoff Shreeves. Still the master in the tunnel.”

During the interview with Shreeves, Arteta offered up continuously cagey responses when probed on Tierney's performance, insisting that should he air his true feelings on the official, he would find himself heavily punished. “If I say what I think I am suspended six months,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“I am allowed to give my interpretation of what I thought, but I do not like to lie. I cannot say what I think, I will be suspended.

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"I am so proud of my players. Ask the referee to come here and explain his decisions. That's his decision. Such a beautiful game was destroyed here.”

Guardiola has garnered a reputation for giving tetchy post-match interviews and his perceived petulance was on evidence as recently as last weekend. The City boss claimed "everyone supports Liverpool" in the Premier League title race and slyly took aim at the Reds over their "30 years" of Premier League failures.

As for Arteta, the damaging North London derby defeat means his side have seen their four-point advantage over Spurs cut to one as the race to finish in the Premier League's top-four, and clinch Champions League qualification, looks set to go right down to the wire. The Gunners will be well aware that two wins from their last two matches, against Newcastle and Everton, will guarantee a return to Europe's elite club competition next season.

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