In the wait-and-see, Gunners should just focus on their own game


ARSENAL could yet win the Premier League title tomorrow, but it’s an unlikely event, and it would come as a big surprise if they did.

But regardless of the outcome when they clash with Everton at the Emirates, Mikel Arteta and his squad will have done themselves proud this season.

It’s more than likely that Manchester City will beat West Ham United at the Etihad tomorrow and claim a fourth straight league crown – something that has not been done by any of the great teams of yesteryear.

The Gunners trail City by two points, with the last match for each side to be settled tomorrow.

A draw would give Arsenal a lifeline, given that the London outfit have a superior goal difference.

But what Arsenal need to do at this stage, one from where they can do nothing to influence the result of the game in Manchester, is hope that it goes their way and that they win their own contest with the blue half of Merseyside.

Arsenal should get past Everton, who are safe from relegation, despite enduring points deduction for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

They might be fighting for personal pride, but it won’t come close to what Arsenal have at stake should City draw or lose to the Hammers.

Indeed, Arteta and his troops need to go out there and win, and that’s the best they can do in the circumstances.

Manchester United have also been called upon to up their tempo and finish the season on a high note when they visit Brighton tomorrow.

Erik ten Hag, who many suspect will be replaced as Old Trafford boss in the English summer, made the call after they beat Newcastle in midweek.

Man United are in eighth place, on the same number of points as seventh-placed Newcastle United, and know well enough that from where they are now, they will miss out on European football next season unless they leapfrog the Magpies or beat Man City in the FA Cup final next weekend.

They could achieve both, but then again, they could miss out altogether as well.

And given their poor campaign, one in which they have been made to look very ordinary by lesser souls, they might return empty-handed from Brighton and from Wembley Stadium too.

That wouldn’t surprise many.

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