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  • Updated: May 17, 2024

 Arteta backs Arsenal to win on final day of season 

 Arteta backs Arsenal to win on final day of season 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains optimistic that his side can win the 2023/2024 Premier League title despite not having their fate in their hands as a win for Manchester City over West Ham United means the Gunners missing out on the diadem for a second time after coming so close. 

Arteta was at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon and responded to questions on how his team is preparing for the season's final game against Everton at the Emirates Stadium. 

"The only thing we have discussed is giving ourselves the opportunity to live a beautiful day. The dream is still alive because it is football.

"We have to play like we do every single week and understand that, for the dream to happen, we have to win and then hope that West Ham will help us. Whatever happens, it will be emotional on the day.

"It is one of the biggest weeks for many of us. Now is the most important moment. 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."

The former Man City assistant coach was asked whether he will have someone monitoring the City score and he replied, "There will be 60,000 fans, staff and assistant coaches on their phones, so I think that will be enough! It will be different but you just have to focus on what you have to do."

Speaking on how he has prepared his team for Sunday, the Spaniard said: "The only thing we have discussed is giving ourselves the opportunity to live a beautiful day. The dream is still alive because it is football.

"We have to play like we do every single week and understand that, for the dream to happen, we have to win and then hope that West Ham will help us. Whatever happens, it will be emotional on the day."

On whether it will be classed as a strong season, even if they do not win the title: "I can’t think like this! I have to think we will win the game and then hopefully something beautiful is going to happen.

"There is hope around the building! It will be the last day of the season and we are playing for the Premier League trophy.

"It hasn’t yet been at the Emirates Stadium, which has been open for over 20 years, so yes we will have to be very optimistic. We have to do our duties and then see what happens."

The subject of VAR was also highlighted at the London Colney during the press conference and the former Everton midfielder added: "I have not been part of those meetings, but I will meet with the club next week. Then we will decide on our position as a club.

"I want to understand what happens and get the general feeling before we make a decision."

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