Fact: The Gunners have never missed out on a UEFA Champions League spot since Manager Arsene Wenger took the helm of the North London Club in 1996.
Sunday 15th May 2016.
Authentic Reporting by Eric Wagobera Jnr
Arsenal has this evening proved that they are forever the Kings of North London by cruising past their arch-rivals Tottenham to finish the 2015/2016 season in the second place. The club has trailed Tottenham for several months until the season’s final day.Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium courtesy of a hat-trick from Frenchman Olivier Giroud and an own goal by Villa defender Mark Bunn. On the other side, Tottenham Hotspurs F.C were hugely embarrassed by relegated New Castle United 5 – 1 at St. James Park with goals from Aleksander Mitrovic (39), Georginio Wijnaldum (19, 73 – P), Daryl Janmaat (86), and Rolando Aarons (84).
Arsenal’s match was also the last for the trio, Mikel Arteta, Thomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini who have decided to leave the club at the end of the just concluded season. Mikel Arteta, who came in the 88th minute of the game, joined Arsenal in 2006 and he has been the club’s captain by the time he played his final game.
The win is vital for Arsenal who have consecutively qualified for the UEFA Champions League since Arsene Wenger took on the coaching role in 1996. This has also been Tottenham’s best season’s finish in as many as 50 years but it is a fact that they have failed to finish the above Arsenal in the last 21 years.
It was also an incredible season for Petr Cech, Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper who has kept 16 impressive clean sheets with the club. Cech won the Premier League Golden Glove Award as the keeper with the cleanest sheets in a season.
New Castle’s victory over Tottenham came as a shocker to all football pundits because the Toons are already a relegated side from the Premier League to the English Championship. Tottenham needed only a draw to secure their second place finish but was overwhelmed by New Castle’s firepower backed by the tactics of their highly prized new coach Rafael Benitez.
With Aleksander Mitrovic being sent off in the 67th minute while the score was 2-1 in New Castle’s favor, this was Tottenham’s perfect chance to capitalize on their 10-man opponents to force through the positive result. Instead, it became worse when New Castle starlets Wijnaldum, Aarons, and Janmaat piled more misery on Spurs when they hit their net three more times in the final 17 minutes of the game.
In other final EPL matches, newly crowned champions Leicester City FC were held to a 1-all draw with 2014/2015 champions Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge. Swansea got the same score with Manchester City who secured their UEFA Champions League spot as Southampton whipped Crystal Palace 4-1. Europa spot-chasing West Ham lost to Stoke City by 2-1, Everton winning 3-0 against Norwich, Watford shared a 2-goal spoil with Sunderland while Manchester United’s match with AFC Bournemouth was abandoned after a bomb scare inside Old Trafford.
Today marked the end of an entertaining season that saw underdogs Leicester City clinch the BPL title since the club was formed, 130 years ago. The season’s end also marks the start of a very long but action packed summer that will include the 2016 Euro tournament in France, the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Brazil, continental cup qualifiers and many other friendly tour matches by several major clubs.
Despite the Arsenal men’s first team failure to defend their FA cup after elimination at the Quarter final stage by Watford F.C, Arsenal Ladies clinched the Women’s FA cup after defeating Chelsea Ladies 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Harry Kane, the Tottenham Hotspur striker also beat other four contestants to win the Golden Boot after scoring 25 goals in 28 games for the North London club.
Next week, there will be more entertaining football finals to be played. Crystal Palace will play Manchester United in the FA Cup finals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as Liverpool tussle it out with Sevilla in the 2015/2016 UEFA Europa League finals at Saint Jakob-Park. On 28th May, Real Madrid will play their same-city rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League final in Milan.