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Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka sends clear message to arch-rivals Tottenham ahead of Norwich City clash


Granit Xhaka says Arsenal have to keep up hope that they will clinch a Champions League spot with help from Norwich City.

The Gunners’ ambitions of finishing in the top four took a major dent on Monday night after a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle United. It is a result that leaves them in fifth in the Premier League and two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth heading into the final day of the season.

Arsenal’s task on Sunday is clear – beat Everton at all costs. However, they also need Tottenham to lose at already-relegated Norwich. A draw for Spurs would not be enough for Mikel Arteta’s side to snatch the last Champions League spot with Tottenham also having a 15 goal advantage.

READ MORE: Ex Arsenal striker expects no favour to come for Gunners from Norwich vs Spurs

The Canaries became the first club to be relegated from the Premier League this season after their fate was confirmed following a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the end of April. With just five wins to their name, many have written off City’s chances of pulling off a shock win against Spurs on the final day, but Xhaka says Arsenal cannot give up hope.

After the loss to Newcastle, the Swiss international told BBC Sport: “If Tottenham lose and we win, you never know in football. We have to hope.

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“Before the game (against Newcastle) everything was in our hands. It’s a totally different game now. If you have to hope in football and in life it’s different.”



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