It wasn’t quite the drama of last season’s final day, but to be fair it was always going to be hard to live up to that (AGUEROOOO)! But still, it was a dramatic one for both North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham as the two began the day not knowing who will clinch the final Champions League spot. Chelsea were already guaranteed a spot and it was up to Arsenal and Spurs to claim the final one. And in typical Premier League fashion, it went right down to the wire!
Arsenal took the lead early in the second half thanks to Laurent Koscielny, but looked shaky throughout the match. Tottenham on the other hand dominated Sunderland at the Lane, but couldn’t find the back of the net. And the ending couldn’t have been written any better as player of the year Gareth Bale lashed in a screamer from 25 yards out to give his side the lead going into injury time. A truly stunning strike. It would have been one of the greatest in the club’s history had it lead them to the promise land, but unfortunately for them, that didn’t. Arsenal held on to claim the victory at St. James Park and clinched the final Champions League spot.
- In other news, Manchester United gave Sir Alex Ferguson the gift of gifts in his last match at West Brom seeing a staggering 10 goals go in. Funny thing is, 5 of those 10 went against him. Nonetheless he still left the pitch to a standing ovation from the crowd and will always be remembered as the greatest manager in Premier League history. Paul Scholes also played his last match for the club and got a great send off from the crowd.
- Liverpool also saw a local hero of theirs call an end to an illustrious career as Jamie Carragher took to Anfield for the very last time. And the result really reflected exactly what the legendary defender was all about. Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal of the game, and the side played great defence to hold on to the 1-0 victory. Carra was also shown a great reception by all the fans. A true legend in the game.
- Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United striker Michael Owen also had his last game today with Stoke going against Southampton. Unfortunately Owen didn’t start the match even though many thought he should’ve given Stoke were safe, and it was his last match ever. The Englishman was never really the same player since leaving Liverpool back in 2004, and if only things could have been different, we would be talking about this guy being one of the greatest ever players in English football history. If only. Nonetheless, a true gentleman and an iconic figure in the English game.
- Rafa Benitez today had his very last game as Chelsea “interim manager” sure he loved that. He was actually well applauded by the crowd compared to what he’s gone through throughout the campaign and the Spaniard deserves it because he’s done a splendid job. Securing Champions League football and winning a European trophy ain’t very easy when a large portion of your fans are against you. He’s already favorite to take over the PSG job so stay posted for more on that. And finally, it was David Moyes’ last game managing at Everton and the Scotsman will forever be missed by the Toffees’ faithful.
Here are the results:
Chelsea v Everton (2-1)
Liverpool v QPR (1-0)
Manchester City v Norwich (2-3)
Newcastle v Arsenal (0-1)
Southampton v Stoke (1-1)
Tottenham v Sunderland (1-0)
West Brom v Manchester United (5-5)
West Ham v Reading (4-2)
Wigan v Aston Villa (2-2)
Swansea v Fulham (0-3)