Well there we have it. Record-breaking Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions in style, and the current Citizens side is already being compared with some of the best teams from the last 26 years.
But while there were party scenes at the Etihad for most of the season, the Premier League waved goodbye to Stoke City, West Brom and Swansea City – while all three promoted clubs retained their status/
So after months and months of mouth-watering action from the best league in the world, here are nine of the most memorable moments from the 2017/18 campaign.
9. Merci Arsène
After 22 wonderful years and over 1200 matches, Arsène Wenger is stepping down as the manager of Arsenal Football Club.
With three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups to his name, the Frenchman is leaving the club as one of the most important figures in their long and proud history.
And for the more old school Gooners, what better way to signal the start of a new era than their result against Huddersfield on Sunday…1-0 to the Arsenal.
8. Get Well Soon, Sir Alex
The aforementioned Wenger has been one of the most influential managers in the history of the Premier League, but there is no one more successful than Manchester United ‘s former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.
And when the legendary Scotsman was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery, the footballing world came together in a way that is so rarely seen.
Even after Ferguson’s former local rivals clinched the Premier League title, fans at the Etihad showed their class in wishing the 76-year-old a speedy recovery – a sentiment that was being shared across the globe.
7. Record Breakers
Well it’s better late than never, isn’t it?
Manchester City have deserved every single bit of praise they have got this season, and few can argue that the Citizens are one of the best teams in Europe right now.
But heading into the final day knowing that a win would see Pep Guardiola’s side reach an outstanding tally of 100 points, the Premier League champions left it until the 93rd minute to score the only goal of the game – and what a goal it was too, with Gabriel Jesus producing a sublime chip over the top of the Alex McCarthy in the Southampton goal.
6. Invincibles 2.0? Not Quite
Anyone who has ever watched a second of Premier League football knows that if there’s one thing we love to do it’s make far fetched statements before there is actually any reason to.
And that was no different this season when after just a few games the was already talk of Manchester City going unbeaten for the entirety of the season.
But for Arsenal fans at least, that record was thankfully broken by Jürgen Klopp’s mesmerising Liverpool back in January, with the Reds holding onto a 4-3 win despite City’s best efforts at a late comeback.
5. Better Luck Next Week
The chance to clinch the Premier League title in a heated derby game is something that only comes around every so often, but champions elect Manchester City had the chance to do just that when United travelled across town back in April.
Despite taking a 2-0 lead into half time, Guardiola’s side collapsed after the break. Paul Pogba scored two goals in as many minutes before Chris Smalling stepped up to become the unlikely hero for Manchester United, delaying City’s title party for another week.
4. The Art of a Solo Goal
We have been treated to an array of outrageous strikes this season. Charlie Daniels against Manchester City? Wow. Pedro Obiang against Tottenham? Offensively good. Victor Wanyama against Liverpool? Once in a lifetime strike.
But as fans and pundits sit down to discuss what the best goal of the season was, only Sofiane Boufal’s match winning strike for Southampton against West Brom was something you’d consider as a proper solo goal.
The Moroccan picked the ball in his own half and just carved through the Baggies like a hot knife through butter, even making Allan Nyom and Craig Dawson crash into each other, before nonchalantly side footing the ball into the back of the net.
So in a time where we usually just focus on net busting strikes from outside the box, it’s worth remembering just how special Boufal’s goal really was.
3. Apparently Harry Kane is Claiming This Goal…
This was going to go to someone else but Harry Kane insisted…
Yep, apparently in the age of social media a striker not touching the ball but still claiming that he did is enough to create an everlasting meme, which is exactly what happened after Tottenham’s win at Stoke.
But the light-hearted joke wasn’t just for the darkest depths of Twitter, even managers in the Premier League were made to speak about the incident during pre match press conferences.
2. Pep Guardiola and THAT Chat With Nathan Redmond
Not only was Manchester City’s most recent win against Southampton worthy of a place on this list, but an incident when these two sides met in November was one of the biggest talking points of the first half of the season.
The final whistle was blown after Raheem Sterling scored a winning goal in the 96th minute, and Saints players began their long walk back to the dressing room.
But manager Pep Guardiola marched over to Nathan Redmond and he confronted the English winger, appearing to give the 24-year-old a thorough ticking off, as well as giving him the occasional push.
Guardiola landed himself in hot water with the Football Association over the incident, despite the fact both parties involved insisted that the conversation was a positive one, and the former Barcelona manager became one of the Premier League’s most talked about figures ahead of the new year.
1. It’s Actually Pretty Good to Be a Chelsea Reject
Many fans outside of Anfield were quick to write off Mohamed Salah before a ball had even been kicked this season, largely because of his underwhelming time at Chelsea back in 2014.
But the Egyptian has been a revelation this season, scoring 44 goals and claiming 16 assists across all competitions. Salah is also in contention to win the Ballon d’Or this year, an award which could swing in his favour if Liverpool win the Champions League.
But Salah isn’t the only to player to be brandished a “Chelsea reject” and thrive in the Premier League. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been equally impressive this season, only just missing out on being crowned the PFA Player of the Year.
But while personal awards didn’t go in De Bruyne’s favour, the Belgium international did win a domestic double this season during the Citizens record-breaking campaign, while his (and Salah’s) former side finished outside of the top four.
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