Laurent Koscielny

There was only one thing at stake on the final day of the Premier League season – the identity of the fourth team that joins Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in the Champions League next season. The end result? Arsenal finish fourth and remain in Europe’s top competition after a 1-0 win in Newcastle, while Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 as well although it didn’t help them very much. Chelsea remained third after their 2-1 win against Everton, with the Premier League table remaining mostly unchanged.

Laurent Koscielny has been criticized more than once by us and others, but it turns out his defending all throughout the match and especially his goal in the 52nd minute made the difference between colossal failure and a finish and season Arsenal supporters, who have gotten used to underachieving, can get used to, hoping Arsene Wenger has a strong summer of finding better players for the team.

In London, Tottenham needed a win and for Arsenal to lose or draw. While that didn’t happen, Tottenham did manage to end the season with a victory, although it’s unclear how much that comforts Andre Villas-Boas, who knows the brilliant goal Gareth Bale scored might be his last for Spurs, looking for Champions League football next season.

Gareth Bale Goal

The match of the day was the finale for Alex Ferguson as a Manchester United manager. It ended up being one of the most incredible matches of the season, although it didn’t mean anything to anyone but the Sir. Manchester United were up 5-2, thanks to goals from Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Buttner, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez (plus an own goal), but a Romelu Lukaku Hat Trick and two more goals from James Morrison and Youssuf Mulumbu evened things up.

2012-2013 BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
OVERALLHOMEAWAY
POSTEAMPWDLFAWDLFAWDLFAGDPts
1Manchester United382855864316034519125241244389
2Manchester City38239666341432411596425193278
3Chelsea382297753912524116104534233675
4Arsenal3821107723711534723105425143573
5Tottenham Hotspur382198664611532918104537282072
6Everton381615755401261331749622231563
7Liverpool38161397143964331677538272861
8West Bromwich Albion38147175357946322553112132-449
9Swansea City38111314475168528265591925-446
10West Ham United381210164553964342234121131-846
11Norwich City381014144158874252027101638-1744
12Fulham38111017506073928304782230-1043
13Stoke City3891514344577521222891323-1142
14Southampton3891415496067626243792336-1141
15Aston Villa38101117476955923285682441-2241
16Newcastle United38118194568919243127102137-2341
17Sunderland38912174154586201944112135-1339
18Wigan Athletic3899204773469263953112134-2636
19Reading38610224373487233322152040-3028
20Queens Park Rangers38413213060289132825121732-3025