Arsenal's nightmare, the division's first millennial and all the other nonsense from a baffling final day of Premier League action

Arsenal's nightmare, the division's first millennial and all the other nonsense from a baffling final day of Premier League action

Final Premier League fixtures are always a bit odd, especially when there’s very little to play for.

And the 2016/17 final day was no different – with an average of 3.7 goals per game, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Results

Chelsea celebrate winning the 2016/17 Premier League title
(Frank Augstein/AP)

Arsenal 3-1 Everton

Burnley 1-2 West Ham

Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland

Hull City 1-7 Tottenham

Leicester City 1-1 Bournemouth

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City

Swansea City 2-1 West Brom

Watford 0-5 Manchester City

Chelsea’s greatest team?

Chelsea’s game against Sunderland seemed obsolete, with the Premier League title already on its way to Stamford Bridge, but there was one last record to attend to.

The Blues’ 5-1 win against the Black Cats ensured Antonio Conte’s side won 30 league games this season, a top-flight record, breaking their own tally of 29 set in 2005 and 2006.

Chelsea reached 93 points, a tally second only to that of the 2004/05 Blues’ vintage of 95.

Arsenal’s nightmare day

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny gets sent off
(Tim Ireland/AP)

With Champions League football still up for grabs with a game to go and an FA Cup final to look forward to next week, Arsenal’s season was far from over before the final Premier League games kicked off.

But for once things didn’t go Wenger’s way with top four on the line – despite beating Everton 3-1, both Liverpool and Manchester City won comfortably to ensure Arsenal finished fifth, and outside the top four for the first time since 1996.

Further to that, Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup final after a poor challenge saw him sent off, while defender Gabriel went off injured and is a doubt for Wembley. A day to forget for Wenger.

21st century boy

Jose Mourinho fielded the youngest Manchester United starting XI in Premier League history against Crystal Palace, protecting his side for the Europa League final next week.

The team’s average age was just 22 years and 284 days, but had they started the man they substituted on with two minutes left, that number would be even smaller.

Angel Gomes came on to replace Wayne Rooney late on, and at 16 years and 263 days old, became the club’s youngest ever Premier League player – furthermore, he is the division’s first player born in the year 2000.

Harry Kane strikes again

What can you say about this guy? He’s missed months of Premier League action with injury, but has still managed to win his second consecutive golden boot.

With four goals against Leicester earlier in the week, and a hat-trick in Spurs’ 7-1 win at Hull, Kane reached a final tally of 29 goals.

With that comes a lovely shiny golden boot – that’s 75 PL goals in the last three seasons for the 23-year-old. Stunning.

Stat of the day

And last but by no means least, Peter Crouch gets the final word.

The Premier League colossus netted Stoke’s winner against Southampton, and surprise surprise, he did so with his head. That’s the half-century for the striker.

More in this Section

Haringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuseHaringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuse

Guardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at PalaceGuardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at Palace

Ballintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late pointsBallintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late points

East Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fireEast Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fire


Lifestyle

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

Halloween has become a consumer fest in recent years but there are a number of ways to reduce costs and waste — and make itHappy sustainable Halloween: Don’t be horrified with the waste at Halloween

More From The Irish Examiner