A hectic final day saw relegation and European qualification spots settled as the 2019-20 Premier League season drew to a close.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace either side of a Kieran Tierney strike as Arsenal survived a Watford fightback through Troy Deeney and Danny Welbeck, winning 3-2 as the Hornets were relegated after a five season stay in the top flight.
Bournemouth meanwhile ended their Goodison Park hoodoo to win 3-1 at Everton, which ultimately proved futile after Aston Villa snatched a 1-1 draw at West Ham to relegate the Cherries whose five season Premier League stint was also ended.
Already relegated Norwich set the sixth worst Premier League record for lowest points tally in a single season with 21 points, after losing 5-0 at Manchester City in which Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne both netted braces in David Silva’s farewell match.Embed from Getty Images
Up in the race for Europe, Manchester United defeated Leicester through second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard to finish third and qualify for the Champions League next season.
Chelsea condemned Leicester to a fifth placed finish and Europa League football after Mason Mount and Oliver Giroud struck in first-half injury time to defeat Wolves.
Tottenham consequently snatched the second Europa League spot with a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace to finish sixth after Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener, leaving Wolves’ European fate in the balance with two qualification routes at play.
Wolves will qualify for next season’s Europa League if Arsenal don’t lift the FA Cup next Saturday, although they could qualify for the Champions League instead if can win the Europa League next month.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Liverpool achieved their highest ever Premier League points tally in a single season, having had to fight back to clinch a 3-1 win at Newcastle after Dwight Gayle put the Magpies ahead just 25 seconds into the match.
Che Adams’ netted his first-ever Premier League brace as Southampton fought back from John Lundstram’s opener to defeat Sheffield United 3-1, thus condemning the Blades to their first run of three consecutive defeats all season.
Finally, Aaron Connolly’s early second-half strike gifted Brighton victory at Burnley after Yves Bissouma’s smashing opener from 25 yards was cancelled out by Chris Wood’s 44th minute rifle into the bottom left corner.Embed from Getty Images
As for end of season awards, Jamie Vardy won the Golden Boot with 23 goals, ahead of Aubameyang and Ings with 22 goals each as Man City’s Sterling rounded out the top three with 20 goals.
Ederson snatched the Golden Glove award with his 16th clean sheet of the season in Man City’s five goal win over Norwich, finishing just ahead of Nick Pope who had kept 15 clean sheets.
De Bruyne won the playmaker award after assisting in 20 of Man City’s 102 league goals this campaign, ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson who assisted in 13 and 12 of the Reds’ 85 league goals.
The Premier League will now take a seven week break before the 202-21 season commences on the weekend of 12/13 September.
|2||Manchester City||+ 67||81|
|3||Manchester United||+ 30||66|
|5||Leicester City||+ 26||62|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur||+ 14||59|
|13||Newcastle United||– 20||44|
|14||Crystal Palace||– 19||43|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||– 15||41|
|16||West Ham United||– 13||39|
|17||Aston Villa||– 26||35|
|20||Norwich City||– 49||21|