Arsenal have one more Premier League title hope after Man City overcome Tottenham troubles

Mikel Arteta is relying on a last-day miracle as Arsenal title hopes hang by a thread

In a night when Arsenal needed a miracle from their bitterest of rivals, for at least 45 minutes a false dawn of promise lingered in north London. The inevitability of Manchester City however came early in the second period to dampen any dreams that may have threatened to form.

Yet my goodness me there were moments were there not? Dejan Kulusevski’s moment and that big Son Heung-min chance as well which will certainly start a debate about whether he wanted to score or not – your guess is as good as mine.

Then the noise inside the ground really came to life as the penalty was scored. From an Arsenal point of view, they can take a small ironic chuckle at the gap between the two clubs of north London being well and truly established as the widest it has been for some time and the only joy for Tottenham is one shackled to the red and white.

The job for Arsenal remains simple, win against Everton on the final day and hope for a miracle from West Ham United. There is perhaps encouragement or a positive omen at the least from the knowledge that the last side to win the league from the second position was indeed the Gunners.

That year was 1989, and Arsenal not only had to win but they faced their own adversaries, Liverpool. Needing to score twice a very late Michael Thomas goal won them the title. While then it was in their own hands, lady luck will be needed instead at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Where can Arsenal get that luck? The answer, Mikel Arteta’s former manager David Moyes.

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However, Arsenal fans may want to avoid the Scot’s recent press conference where he spoke fearfully at City’s under-14s let alone their senior side. There is quality in the Hammers’ with Mohammed Kudus, Jarrod Bowen and the City-linked Lucas Paqueta.

The downside being they have nearly nothing to play for. Should Newcastle United beat Manchester United, eighth place might still be within sight with the chance to condemn Erik ten Hag’s side to their worst-ever Premier League finish – that would certainly motivate most.

Arsenal and Man City will face their final Premier League tests on Sunday at 4pm UK time. You can keep up to date with all the action by following the matchday blog live from the Emirates Stadium from four hours before kick-off.