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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says his side will be cheering for Norwich City when they host Tottenham on Sunday, when the Gunners host Everton on the final Premier League day.

Tottenham sit two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal with a game to go; Antonio Conte's side needing only a point to secure Champions League football due to a superior goal difference. Arsenal must defeat Everton at the Emirates Stadium and hope for a slip-up by their north London rivals, with Arteta admitting he will be backing the Canaries.

"I can sense that we have the hope and expectations to move this club to the place that it deserves. We've done it the way we predicted with the project we set a year ago," he said. "With a lot of young players, with the senior players helping and with our crowds again in our stadium and with a real sense of connection around the place.

"So we are back in Europe. Hopefully, it will be Champions League. I believe that we're going to do what we have to do. We are going to be cheering for Norwich to do what they can do, for sure, and after that, we want to take the club to the next level."

Everton confirmed their Premier League survival with a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Thursday, but manager Frank Lampard insists the Toffees remain focused.

"I will relax more and I don't mean that in a light-hearted way because I understand Arsenal and Tottenham are in a battle and we'll go and do our absolute best to approach the game in the right way," he said. "A couple of players who maybe haven't had opportunities will get opportunities, but we'll be going full pelt to try to get the right result."

Arsenal – Bukayo Saka

Saka has played every single Premier League game for Arsenal this season, and (at 20y 259d on the day of this game) would be the second youngest player to play every match in a full Premier League campaign for the Gunners, after Cesc Fàbregas in 2006-07.

Everton – Richarlison

Richarlison has reached 10-plus goals in a Premier League season for a third time for Everton (also 2018-19 and 2019-20), only the second player to do so for the club, after Romelu Lukaku (4).

- Arsenal have lost their last three Premier League games against Everton, as many as they had in their previous 26 (W16 D7). Only once have they lost four in a row against the Toffees in league competition, doing so between November 1922 and April 1924.

- Everton won this exact fixture last season, ending a 24-game winless run away against Arsenal in the league. They last won consecutive league visits against the Gunners in March 1987.

- This is the third time Arsenal and Everton have met on the final day of a Premier League season, with the Gunners winning the previous two – 4-3 in 2001-02 and 3-1 in 2016-17.

- Arsenal are unbeaten in their final league game in each of the last 16 seasons (W14 D2), winning the last 10 in a row. When finishing a league season at home, the Gunners have won each of their last 12 games since a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in 1992-93.

- Everton have lost their final league game in four of the last five seasons (D1), conceding at least three goals in each defeat.

Updated May 20, 2022

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