Sunday, 21 May 2017

EPL 2016-17 Season Final Round-up: Arsenal Miss UCL As Liverpool And Man City Secure Spots

Arsene Wenger's torrid year reached a calamitous climax as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years after Manchester City and Liverpool wrapped up the remaining top four places on the final day of the Premier League season.
Arsenal 3 - 1 Everton

 Arsenal missed out on a place in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season on Sunday.

That indignity will cost Arsenal an estimated £50 million in revenue and increase the pressure on Wenger, who has endured a miserable season filled with fan protests and calls for his resignation.

Arsene Wenger's side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton's Enner Valencia.

He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin's far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny's dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey's brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger's future will be made.

 Liverpool 3 - 0 Middlesbrough 

Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho, and Adam Lallana scored goals as Liverpool ensured its UEFA Champions League status with a 3-0 win over relegated Middlesbrough.

The Reds finish fourth, a point ahead of Liverpool.

Middlesbrough closes out the year in 19th, heading to the Championship off a 28-point season.

Chelsea 5 - 1 Sunderland

Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 at Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte‘s men sealed the EPL trophy in style and celebrated with their fans.

Sunderland took the lead through Javier Manquillo early on but Willian equalized in the first half, Eden Hazard scored a second, then Pedro scored to make it 4-1

Michy Basthuayi then added two off the bench to seal a stunning campaign.

Chelsea finish the season top of the table on 91 points, while Sunderland finish bottom on 24 points.

Watford 0 - 5 Manchester City 

The final-day formula for Manchester City was very simple, and very achievable: a win or draw away to Watford (or, a single point dropped by either one of Liverpool or Arsenal) would mean Pep Guardiola‘s first season in the Premier League would finish with a top-four finish.

After 45 textbook minutes of Sunday’s finale at Vicarage Road, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho had done more than enough to secure the Citizens’ third-place finish, and the automatic place in the UEFA Champions League group stage that comes with it.
 Manchester United 2 - 0 Crystal Palace 

Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United's disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in EPL history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax in mind.
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With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club's youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

Palace's best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker's towering header struck the foot of the post.

Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish - their second successive season outside the top four - while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

Burnley 1 - 2 West Ham United

West Ham ended their season with an away 2-1 victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray's low cross.

The hosts' lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes' shot on to the crossbar.

The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.

Hull City 1 - 7 Tottenham Hotspur 

Harry Kane clinched the Premier League golden boot with a hat trick, as Tottenham Hotspur clobbered relegated Hull City 7-1 at the KCOM Stadium.

It was Kane’s fourth hat trick of the season.

Dele Alli, Ben Davies, Toby Alderweireld, and Victor Wanyama also scored for second placed Spurs, who finish the year on 86 points.

Sam Clucas scored for Hull, which finishes in 18th place.

Leicester City 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth

 Leicester City and Bournemouth drew 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.

The Cherries took the lead through Junior Stanislas but Jamie Vardy made it 1-1 in the second half and that’s how it remained.

Leicester finished the season in 12th, while Bournemouth secured their first-ever top 10 finish in PL history.

Southampton 0 - 1 Stoke City

Peter Crouch nabbed his 50th Premier League headed goal to help Stoke finish the season with a 1-0 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s.

Saints finished the year on a 450-minute plus run without a goal at St. Mary’s.

Swansea City 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion

Swansea beat West Brom 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium on the final day of the season as the Swans fought back to win.

Jonny Evans made it 1-0 for the Baggies but Jordan Ayew equalized in an even game and then Fernando Llorente scored late on to make it 2-1.

The win means Swansea finish on 41 for the season, while West Brom finish on 45 points.

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