Last Updated on May 29, 2023 4:41 pm by Erwin Noguera
Things have been finally wrapped up for this season of the Premier League, as the 38th and last matchday finished on this last Sunday, and we got all the results that everybody wanted to know.
With the season reaching its end, we got to witness Manchester City as they managed to crown themselves as champions for the season and also punched their ticket for the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Another question was also answered as we got to know who else managed to get their tickets by the end of the season.
Arsenal, Manchester United, and Newcastle managed to also get their tickets for UEFA Champions League; Liverpool and Brighton are making their way to the Europa League Group Stage and Aston Villa managed to get to the Europa Conference League. On the opposite side of the scoreboard table, the 3 bottom teams, who are now relegated are Southampton, Leeds United, and, even though they put up a fight until the end, Leicester City.
With all things settled, the only thing to do now is to break down some of the games we witnessed this last weekend.
Premier League Matchday 38: Arsenal 5-0 Wolverhampton
Sunday, March 28th at 11:30 am ET at the Emirates
The season ends, and Arsenal finishes the season with a hammering of Wolves. Five goals, two for Granit Xhaka, one for Gabriel Jesus, Jakub Kiwior, and Bukayo Saka.
Mikel Arteta came to ensure a positive end to a very surprising season that did not get the fairytale ending that so many were yearning for.
You’d have to be pretty heartless not to give the man of the match to Granit Xhaka today. With his two early goals, this is a perfect send-off for the Swiss international but there were also some great moments for Bukayo Saka after a momentous week.
There was not a heavy blow for the Wolves, as they had secured their safety on the scoreboards, but a 5-0 never looks too good on anyone.
Premier League Matchday 38: Brentford 1-0 Manchester City
Sunday, May 28th at 11:30 am ET at Brentford Community Stadium
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Ethan Pinnock’s late goal earned Brentford a 1-0 home win over champions Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League, but it was not enough for them to secure a place in Europe next season.
The Bees needed to win and hope that Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur dropped points to finish seventh, in the Europa Conference League qualifying spot.
Both teams, however, won their games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United, respectively, meaning Thomas Frank’s side finished ninth.
City lacked their usual intensity but they could have snatched a draw in stoppage time when Cole Palmer had two efforts blocked by Pinnock and another was cleared off the line by Ben Mee.
Brentford became the only team to beat City home and away this season, and also ended their 25-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Premier League Matchday 38: Manchester United 2-1 Fulham
Sunday, March 28th at 11:30 am ET at Old Trafford
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Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes got on the scoresheet as Manchester United came from behind to claim a 2-1 home win over Fulham on Sunday and end their Premier League campaign on a high.
The result made no change to the Premier League table as United finished the season in third place, while Fulham ended in 10th for their first top-half finish since 2012.
The Cottagers took the lead in the 19th minute when Kenny Tete timed his run to perfection to angle in a near-post header from a Willian corner.
The Red Devils took the initiative after the massive let-off, with Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho shooting wide before the hosts were rewarded for their perseverance when Sancho equalized with a simple close-range shot to send the teams into the break level.
The locals kept up the pressure after the break, with Fred’s defense-splitting pass setting up Fernandes to score a 55th-minute winner with a delicate chip.
Manchester United will now shift their attention to next week’s FA Cup final, in which they will face local rivals Manchester City.
Premier League season roundup
The Premier League gave us, as always, great emotion till the very end. Although the Champions definition was a little anti-climactic, there were a lot of surprises that let us see why this competition is so popular.
The winners of this season of the Premier League include, of course, the Champions, that are on their way to achieving something historic. However, many teams also had successful and exciting seasons to the very end.
Newcastle, Brighton, and Aston Villa all get high notes, managing to take out big clubs on their way to achieving European Competitions spots. We must highlight the Villians, as manager Unai Emery was capable of taking a team that was a relegation contender entering mid-season, and managed to finish ahead of Tottenham.
Especial mention to Brentford, who fought to the very end for a European competition spot, achieving the double against the champions, and Manchester United, who reached both domestic cup finals, already winning one.
The more or less
Here we include teams that get approved although much more was expected. Liverpool got close to the Champions League and failed, however, they had a good end of the season. Then we could mention a lot of midtable clubs like Fulham, Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth. Just edging here is West Ham: their league campaign was a disaster but they will play a European Final.
We must mention Arsenal, as the team brought emotion to neutrals and fans alike with a spectacular level of play but also deflated spectacularly.
The big losers of the season are Leicester. The Foxes were one of the most delightful teams of the last years and now will play in the Championship without even achieving a decade of permanence at the top flight. Then we have the two bitter ends of the Big Six: Tottenham and Chelsea. Getting criticized as an institution by your boss is pretty bad, but breaking almost every transfer record to finish closer to the bottom than to the top is another level. The Blues’ antics this season are the kind of thing that brings as many lovers as haters to this league.
Especial mention to the other relegated teams: Leeds United and Southampton.
What to expect for the Premier League 23/24?
Next season Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town will take the place of the aforementioned relegated clubs. We must highlight what the Hatters have done, as the small institution achieved something historic with a shoestring budget, and their curious little stadium will now receive some of the greatest stars in world football every week. Congratulations.