final day of the 2022/23 Premier League season failed to match last year’s
incredible drama, with Manchester City clinching the title over Liverpool
following their astounding 3-2 comeback against Aston Villa, but there were
still plenty of intriguing storylines across the country as another campaign
drew to a close on Sunday.
race for the title and top four spots wrapped up in advance, all eyes were on
the relegation battle as Everton, Leicester City, and Leeds United fought for
their Premier League survival. Leeds and Leicester began the day in the drop
zone, needing victories over Tottenham and West Ham and Everton to drop points
against Bournemouth at Goodison Park to change their fate.
Leicester did manage to edge out the Hammers at the King Power, Everton assured
their safety with a nervy 1-0 win against Bournemouth thanks to a 57th-minute
screamer from Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Frenchman volleyed home from the edge of
the area through a crowd of Bournemouth defenders, securing the three points
for the Toffees and assuring their top-flight status for another season.
victory means that Leicester City and Leeds United join Southampton in the
bottom three, who enjoyed an entertaining 4-4 draw on the South Coast against
Liverpool to end their 11-year stay in the Premier League.
the top of the table, Brentford completed the double over Manchester City,
beating Pep Guardiola’s side for the second time this campaign to secure their
first-ever top-ten finish in the Premiership. With two major Cup Finals on the
horizon for the reigning champions, the Cityzens rested the majority of their
first-team superstars against the Bees, including Erling Haaland, Kevin de
Bruyne, Jack Grealish, and John Stones, and the second-string XI succumbed to
an 85th-minute winner from Ethan Pinnock to finish their league campaign on 89
title rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, enjoyed an uplifting end to the season in
front of their home support at the Emirates. The Gunners bounced back from
consecutive defeats to Brighton and Nottingham Forest, thrashing Wolves 5-0 to
secure their 26th victory of the campaign – the joint-most by an Arsenal side
in Premier League history.
in the country, Aston Villa secured a European finish for the first time in 13
years with their 2-1 win over Roberto de Zerbi’s Brighton at home. The Midlands
side continued their stunning rise under Unai Emery in the league and pipped
Tottenham to seventh place in the table with their final day victory over the
Seagulls, leaving Spurs without European football next season for the first
time since 2010.
out the rest of the results, Manchester United strolled to a comfortable 2-1
win over Fulham at home, while Champions League-bound Newcastle United drew 1-1
at Chelsea to secure their highest points tally in the league in two decades.