Well what a season it’s been, there have been shocks, jubilation and despair, sometimes all at once. With that being said let’s look back at the season, team-by-team and assess what kind of season they’ve had.
It’s been a tough season for the Gunners who once again ended the year without a trophy to their name, but in a way they were lucky to even secure a Champions League spot. At the half way stage of the season a top four spot looked out of Arsenal’s reach but a late rally saw them scrape fourth spot on the final day of the season. The celebrations shown from the Arsenal players, staff and fans as the final whistle went at Newcastle were as if they had actually won a trophy. That shows how much a place in the Champions League means to the club but that it is a little concerning that the fans seem to value fourth in the league just as much as a trophy. Hopefully, more for the fans sake, Arsenal will be able to end the wait for a trophy next season.
After a major scare this season Aston Villa survived the threat of relegation but will need to keep hold of their best players if they are to push on next season. A young Villa squad fell off the pace extremely early and were in serious danger of being left behind; had it not been for a late surge their season could have gone a completely different way. The likes of Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann will have to be retained if Villa want to push for a higher place in the table next season but if they can be kept then they should definitely have a better season next campaign.
This season has been one that has been especially testing for the Chelsea fans and squad alike. After winning the Champions League last season Roberto Di Matteo was sacked halfway through this campaign and Rafa Benitez was brought in to replace him, until the end of the season. This was a decision that did not go down well with the Chelsea fans, however Benitez seems to have won them round after finishing third and winning the Europa League. With Jose Mourinho tipped to regain his place as Chelsea manager for the start of the new season it seems the sky’s the limit for the Blues next season.
David Moyes will leave the Toffees at the end of what has been a brilliant campaign for the team that some could argue are rapidly becoming the dominant force on Merseyside. Despite their limited budget Everton managed to finish sixth in the table. However most Everton fans will argue that now the club have shown how much of a threat they can be that silverware will be expected in the near future. It will be interesting to see who takes the mangers position at Goodison Park but whoever it is will have one mammoth task bettering what Moyes did.
It has been a middle of the road season for Fulham, that is the best way to explain it. I think that after last season people were expecting a top half finish from Martin Jol’s men, especially with some of the summer signings they brought in. However some lacklustre performances saw Fulham finish just 12th. With Jol’s job on the line, especially with Gus Poyet seemingly on his way out of Brighton, the summer is sure to be an interesting one for Fulham.
Well what is there to say about Liverpool, once again they have proved that they are far from the force that they used to be. In a season where the likes of Swansea and Wigan have won trophies any kind of silverware and European football proved to be a step too far for the Reds who finished seventh, two points behind arch-rivals Everton. This season also saw the retirement of Jamie Carragher, who has been a massive part of Liverpool Football Club and will be hugely missed by the squad and fans alike. It is very unlikely that Brendan Rodgers will be able to find a centre-back with the passion and drive that Carragher showed. Next season will be huge for Liverpool as another season with no trophies or promises of Europe could trouble the fans.
After the success of last season it was always going to be a struggle for Roberto Mancini to match that in this campaign. Unfortunately that proved to be the case with City once again crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage, losing the FA Cup Final to Wigan and failing to retain the Premier League title by finishing second, which is by no means a bad finish. However it was deemed poot enough to see Roberto Mancini fired, a decision which in my view seems foolish as he is an incredible manager.
There is not much that can be said about the Red Devils’ season apart that it has been one of huge significance. Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped down as manager, probably going down as the most successful manager in the history of this incredible sport, after winning the Premier League, United’s 20th league title, for the 13th time. Ferguson will be greatly missed not just by United but in the entire football community and David Moyes has huge shoes to fill when he takes over the manager’s position at the start of next season. This season also saw the retirement of Paul Scholes who has had an incredible influence at the club and is irreplaceable as a midfielder.
I think most Newcastle fans will describe their season as disappointing. After an incredible campaign the season before, which saw them secure a place in the Europa League, this season has been nothing short of a disaster for the Magpies. A decent run in Europe affected their league form dramatically and saw the club struggling at the bottom of the table, facing the threat of relegation up until the final few games of the season. Supporters on Tyneside will hope that next season offers more for the club and that they can put this campaign behind them.
For Norwich City it seems that every season they manage to stay in the top flight can be considered a successful season. This season saw Norwich’s fight for survival go right down to the wire but Chris Hughton has managed to keep the Canaries in the Premier League and will hope to come back bigger and better next season and possibly push for a more mid-table spot, without the dangers of relegation.
This review is running a little long so I will cut it into two parts, posting the second part directly after this one. So for a review of the rest of this season’s Premier League teams stay tuned.