Arteta hoping old friend Moyes can assist title miracle


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he hopes his former manager David Moyes can give them a huge helping hand in the Premier League title race when West Ham United travel to leaders Manchester City on the final day of the season.

Arsenal, who face Everton at home, are two points behind City heading into Sunday’s final round of fixtures. While Arsenal must win to have a chance, City can secure a fourth title in as many seasons if they beat West Ham.

Moyes signed Arteta in 2005 when he was Everton manager, bringing the Spanish midfielder to England where he spent the rest of his playing career before going into management.

“He’s been instrumental and so important in my career, as a footballer and a person. He could help us to fulfil our dream and my personal dream to win the Premier League,” Arteta said on Friday.

“The only thing we’ve discussed is to give ourselves an opportunity to live a beautiful day. It’s possible, it’s football. We have to play like every single week.

“We have to win, then hope West Ham to help us achieve us our dream. That first part is on us, it’s the only thing we can focus on.”

Arsenal fell short by five points last season when their title challenge collapsed in May but this time they have been with City every step of the way.

And Arteta said he cannot afford to think about what would happen if they lose the title to City again.

“I can’t think like this. We have to win the game and we hope something beautiful is going to happen,” he said.

“If I don’t believe today, imagine how much I could believe in August. From August, 38 games against Man City after what they’ve done in 12 or 13 years, and what we’ve done in that time… we can’t think like this.”

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