Arteta counting on West Ham to do Arsenal a favour in season finale

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping West Ham United can do Arsenal a favour on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Gunners are two points behind leaders Manchester City who will take on the Hammers while Arteta’s men will take on Everton.

Arsenal need to beat the Toffees while West Ham upset the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium to deny them a fourth consecutive league title while handing the North Londoners a first league crown in 20 years.

“It is one of the biggest weeks for many of us. Now is the most important moment,” Arteta said ahead of the game.

“We are excited and can’t wait for Sunday. We are very optimistic in terms of outcome.

“The hope is there. We have to do our job because Everton will be tough. We have to prove again that we can be better than the opponent. Then we have to wish for West Ham to have a really good day and help us to fulfil our dream.”

When questioned if Arteta had spoken to West Ham boss David Moyes who was in charge of Everton when he was a player at Goodison Park, the Spaniard replied: “I don’t need to do that.

“He has been instrumental and important to both my footballing career and managerial. He could help us to fulfil my personal dream.”

And when asked on the possibility of Man City losing to West Ham, Arteta stated: “It is really difficult to beat any opposition in the Premier League, especially when something is at stake. But that is not in our control.

“They are a little bit of a step closer than us but they will play a really tough opponent. I am sure [West Ham] will be at it and can help us to achieve our dream.”

Arsenal also have a slight goal difference advantage over Manchester City which can help their push for the title should the game between City and West Ham end in a draw.

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