This is how the 2017/2018 English Premier League season wrapped up
It was a goal galore in the season finale of the English Premier League with 31 goals scored across 10 centres with the game between Tottenham Hotspurs and Leicester recording 9 goal thriller, the highest on the day.
Records were also set and old ones broken as the 20 teams locked horns for the last time of the season, bringing what pundits have described as an incredible season to an end with Manchester City being crowned English Premier League (EPL) Champions for the 2017-18.
The champions set the most records including Most Premier League points – 100, Most Goals scored during the season – 165, Most Premier League passes – 28,242 amongst several others.
Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah won the Golden Boot award for scoring 32 goals, the highest for the season, Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City won the inaugural Cadbury Playmaker award for the most assists in the season (16). David DeGea of Manchester United won the Golden Gloves award for the most-clean sheets (18) in the season.
EPL teams that have secured Champions League slot are Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. Last season champions – Chelsea failed to make top four and would have to settle for Europa League with Arsenal and surprise entrants Burnley FC.
Relegated teams from the season include Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea. The three teams that were promoted last year into the Premiership from the Championship – Newcastle, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield all survived relegation.
Some key figures bid farewell to the Premier League in different capacities with Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger’s announcement of his retirement at the end of the season being the biggest news in that regard.
Under Mr Wenger, Arsenal played 1,235 games, Won 706, Drew 280 and lost 248. The highest point of his career was when his team went a whole season -2003/04 without losing a single game (49), a feat that has not been replicated by any other team since then. The squad gained an accolade as The Invincibles.
Manchester United’s captain, Michael Carrick also played his last game for the team after 12 years of dedicated service making 481 appearances with 24 goals and countless assists to his credit. He bows out of the pitch as a player but would stay in the game as an assistant coach to Jose Mourinho. Sir Alex Ferguson described Carrick as “a fine gentleman both on and off the pitch and I am very happy to have worked with you. I have never regretted bringing him to the club.”
Yaya Toure of Manchester City also called time off his playing career for the club with a final home game where he captained the team to a 3:0 win against Huddersfield. In his thank you speech he acknowledged Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak, owners of the club for his investment in the club indicating that “City had been in the shadows of Manchester United for a long time”. As part of his exit package, Yaya gets a season ticket for life, a training pitch named after him and a commemorative shirt.
These gentlemen have graced the beautiful game with honour in varied ways and will be missed by fans who follow the Premier League across the globe especially those here in the UK.
By: Martin Asiedu-Dartey
This is how the 2017/2018 English Premier League season wrapped up Reviewed by Elormonline on 5/14/2018 Rating: