The end of another year of Premier League football has come. We end where we started, with the two Manchester clubs at the top followed by three London sides that suffered through glaring stretches of futility before getting it together just in time. Chelsea are into the Champions League group stage thanks to Fernando Torres, the much maligned striker that has been fantastic the last few months.
Arsenal finish fourth, playing an uninspiring yet effective brand of football that has been a hallmark of their late run. Gareth Bale pushed Tottenham to victory, like he has so often, but that wasn’t enough for Spurs. They face a summer of endless will he or won’t he speculation. Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game as manager of Manchester United featured 10 goals and a remarkable comeback by West Brom and Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher played the last games of their distinguished careers. Before we go, some lasting images of the final day in the Prem.
The Bale goal
Romelu Lukaku bags a hat-trick
Carragher says goodbye
Richard will have more on Tuesday, but I think today’s final slate of games was a fine cap on the season, in all of its mundane glory. The two most important games of the day (Newcastle-Arsenal, Tottenham-Sunderland) were arguably the worst to watch. There were highs, of course, and I guess it’s unfair to compare, but last year was sure damn great. Maybe next time.