PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Arsenal 4 v 0 Aston Villa

Arsenal finally hit a bit of form, albeit against a team who have been woeful this season. Their fine victory enabled them to come second in the Premier League for the first time since 2005 thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick.

Giroud headed Arsenal ahead early on but the hosts played nervously until he struck again, sweeping home from six yards after good work by Mesut Ozil.

The Frenchman was then put through by Hector Bellerin for his third.

Mark Bunn’s own goal, diverting in Mikel Arteta’s ricocheted shot, added further gloss to the scoreline.

And the Arsenal faithful were left to sing derogatory songs to their north London rivals Tottenham as they leapfrogged them to take the runners up place.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWmf2oGihuQ

 

Chelsea 1 v 1 Leicester City

The Chelsea owner Roman Abromavich and the whole of the stadium gave a warm welcome to their ex manager Claudio Ranieri, as he brought his Leicester team to Stamford Bridge to finish off their incredible season. Chelsea pushed the Champions all the way as Leicester had to fight back from a goal down to draw with Chelsea, the team they deposed as Premier League champions.

The Foxes completed their campaign 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal, while Chelsea finish in 10th place, Fabregas opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Danny Drinkwater’s brilliant equaliser from 30 yards out.

Click here for the Chelsea Guard of Honour for the Champions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGeAjfy1V0U

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEWFQnbabf8

 

Everton 3 v 0 Norwich City

Everton ended the season with a fine victory, after seeing their manager Roberto Martinez being sacked during the week, after a frustrating season for the Toffee fans

Midfielder James McCarthy’s sublime 20-yard finish, following Kieran Dowell’s run, put the Toffees on their way to a sixth home league win of the season.

Leighton Baines’ penalty made it 2-0 after Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Robbie Brady before Kevin Mirallas tapped home the third.

Click here for the goals  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v

 

Newcastle United 5 v 1 Tottenham Hotspur

This was the biggest surprise of the last day of the season, second placed Spurs who only needed to get one point from the game to be assured of the runners up spot in the table, completely fluffed their lines as relegated Newcastle ran riot.

Ten-man Newcastle bid farewell to the Premier League with an extraordinary win over Tottenham, who finished third, Georginio Wijnaldum fired in the opener and Aleksandar Mitrovic powerfully headed home for 2-0.

Erik Lamela reduced the deficit before Mitrovic was shown a straight red for a nasty foul on Kyle Walker,  Wijnaldum scored his second from the spot, and Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat wrapped up the scoring.

The defeat meant that Arsenal have gone above Spurs and grabbed the second place, the last time Spurs finished above Arsenal in the League was when I was the Spurs Captain in 1995 (a long time ago).

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDX2odz7SGo

 

Southampton 4 v 1 Crystal Palace

Southampton qualified for the Europa League for only the second time in 30 years as they ended the season with their highest Premier League points total with victory over Crystal Palace, Sadio Mane opened the scoring late in the first half following a mistake by Palace keeper Julian Speroni, Saints doubled the lead through substitute Graziano Pelle, but Jason Puncheon pulled one back for Palace.

Ryan Bertrand scored a penalty, before Steve Davis sealed the win with an emphatic late goal. Overall a very satisfying season for the Saints.

 

Stoke City 2 v 1 West Ham United

West Ham must wait to see if they will secure European football next season as Mame Biram Diouf’s late header earned Stoke victory at the Britannia Stadium.

Michail Antonio’s turn and shot gave West Ham the lead as they totally dominated the first half, but Giannelli Imbula equalised with a 20-yard effort before substitute Diouf powered home the Stoke winner from a Charlie Adam corner.

West Ham finish seventh and, in order to qualify for the Europa League, need Manchester United to win the FA Cup.

Stoke finish ninth for the third successive season.

 

Swansea 1 v 1 Manchester City

Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season’s Champions League as Manuel Pellegrini’s time at the club ended with a draw at Swansea.

They were denied a win as Andre Ayew’s deflected free-kick for Swansea cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho’s close-range opener for Man City.

The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose final game was abandoned due to a security threat, United can still mathematically still catch Man City, but with City’s superior goal difference United would have to win their final game 19 – 0, which I do not think is going to happen !!!

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE69SWkEvDQ

 

Watford 2 v 2 Sunderland

Quique Sanchez Flores final game as Watford manager was an entertaining draw with Sunderland at Vicarage Road, Having secured their Premier League safety on Wednesday, Sunderland made nine changes and led when Jack Rodwell turned in Jeremain Lens’ low cross, Sebastian Prodl’s header levelled for Watford just after the break before Lens drove in three minutes later to put Sunderland back in front, only for Troy Deeney’s penalty to draw the sides level.

 

West Brom 1 v 1 Liverpool

Liverpool are in the final of the Europa League next week and they must win the Europa League final to secure European football next season as a draw at West Brom ensured an eighth-place league finish, West Brom led when 17-year-old Jonathan Leko skipped free to tee up Salomon Rondon for an emphatic low finish.

Liverpool responded soon after though Jordon Ibe’s fine run and shot.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG7ROZ_315I

 

The Manchester United v Bournemouth was abandoned after a security threat and this game will be played on Tuesday.

In my predictions I performed about as well as Spurs did and only got two correct results and one correct score.

There is still plenty of football to be played, the Europa League final with Liverpool, the FA Cup Finasl with Manchester United v Crystal Palace and the Champions league final.

Following that we have the European Championship Finals in France, where I am going to be backing England to get through to the final.

Thank you for following my Premier League Blogs this season and I hope that you have enjoyed the season as much as the Leicester Fans.

Have a good week

Gary

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