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Arsenal started manager Arsene Wenger’s sendoff in style by marking the Frenchman’s penultimate home game in charge with a 4-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.
The same day featured champions Manchester City also celebrating the right way, as they hammered Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in their first game since wrapping up the title.
Sunday’s other match saw Stoke City sink deeper into the relegation mire after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.
Here are the final scores from Sunday’s matches:
- Arsenal 4-1 West Ham United
- Stoke City 1-1 Burnley
- Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City
Here’s what those results mean for the updated table:
1. Manchester City: 34 (matches played), +73 (goal difference), 90 (points)
2. Manchester United: 34, +39, 74
3. Liverpool: 35, +43, 71
4. Tottenham Hotspur: 34, +35, 68
5. Chelsea: 34, +25, 63
6. Arsenal: 34, +20, 57
7. Burnley: 35, +3, 53
8. Leicester City: 34, +2, 44
9. Everton: 34, -15, 42
10. Newcastle United: 33, -7, 41
11. Bournemouth: 35, -17, 38
12. Watford: 35, -18, 38
13. Brighton & Hove Albion: 34, -15, 36
14. Crystal Palace: 35, -18, 35
15. West Ham United: 34, -21, 35
16. Huddersfield Town: 34, -27, 35
17. Swansea City: 34, -24, 33
18. Southampton: 34, -20, 29
19. Stoke City: 35, -33, 29
20. West Bromwich Albion: 35, -25, 25
Full standings are available, per BBC Sport.
Arsenal were expecting a full and buoyant Emirates Stadium in the wake of Wenger’s recent announcement he will step down as manager after 22 years in charge.
Yet while some showed their respect for the Frenchman, James Olley of the London Evening Standard, noticed not everybody had felt inclined to attend the occasion:
James Olley @JamesOlley
Chants of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” being started in various pockets of the stadium. Quite a few empty seats too.
The sense of occasion may have gotten to Arsenal, with many of Wenger’s players subdued for the first half. It took 51 minutes for the Gunners to break the deadlock, but left-back Nacho Monreal finished in style by volleying in a Granit Xhaka corner.
Squawka Football showed how goals have become a habit this season for the defender Wenger signed from Malaga for around £8.5 million in 2013:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Nacho Monreal has now scored as many league goals this season than in his entire first-team career before. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ in 306 league games before. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ in 26 league games this season. https://t.co/TsLp5dKI0s
Monreal’s latest goal should have been the cue for the Gunners to turn on the style. Instead, the Hammers were level 13 minutes later though a familiar source.
Marko Arnautovic made it double-digit league goals this season by blasting a fierce shot into the bottom corner. OptaJoe detailed how effective the Austria international has been in the final third recently:
14 – Marko Arnautovic has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 16 appearances in the Premier League (10 goals and four assists). Developed. https://t.co/GzuWPslD3M
Tension crept back into Arsenal’s play as anxiety built in the stands. The Gunners needed a lucky break and got one eight minutes before time when Aaron Ramsey’s cross was left to drift into the net past bewildered West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart.
It may have been fortunate, but the goal continued Ramsey’s fondness for home comforts, per WhoScored.com:
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham Aaron Ramsey has now scored eight goals in 14 appearances at the Emirates in the league and Europa League this season and Lacazette makes it three. Follow it live — https://t.co/Vqf0LRBgQq #ARSWHU
His latest goal also meant Ramsey confirmed a landmark for the Wenger era:
Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto
.@aaronramsey has scored 58 goals for @Arsenal. The most by a central midfielder under Arsene Wenger. Cesc Fabregas is 2nd with 57 goals #Arsenal https://t.co/3SdktChbno
Alexandre Lacazette iced the game with a terrific shot three minutes later, to cap a slick and intricate move Wenger would surely have been proud of. It was a brace for Lacazette when he slid a cool finish past Hart in the penultimate minute after being assisted by the impressive Ramsey.
Another home win hasn’t done much for Arsenal’s league position, but sixth place does look a little more secure after Burnley dropped two points in the Potteries.
The Clarets fell behind after just 11 minutes at the bet365 Stadium when Badou Ndiaye found the net. It was a boost to the side in 19th, but Stoke were unable to build on the goal.
Instead, Burnley snatched an equaliser just after the hour mark, albeit in scrappy fashion, as Barnes turned the ball in with his knee from close range amid a scramble in the box.
Regardless of how he got the goal, Barnes earned his side a creditable away point. He also maintained his superb recent scoring run, a sequence put into context by Sky Sports Statto:
Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto
Most @premierleague goals since February 24 9 – Mohamed Salah 6 – ASHLEY BARNES 5 – Chris Wood 5 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang https://t.co/mYG2l7d8L6
Burnley’s place in next season’s UEFA Europa League should still be secure after Southampton were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium. A seventh-placed finish would be a worthy achievement for a Burnley squad combining graft and teamwork with underrated quality.
As for Stoke, dropping down into the championship now appears inevitable, with the side four points off safety, but having played a game more than Southampton and Swansea.
The champions needed just 16 minutes to build a two-goal lead against the Swans. Both goals were typically well-crafted, as David Silva finished smartly after being teed up by Raheem Sterling.
Silva has enjoyed one of his most prolific seasons as both a creator and scorer of goals:
20 – David Silva has been directly involved in 20+ goals in a Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12 (21). Complete. https://t.co/xSjUKYQsyA
Provider turned scorer when Sterling found the net himself just four minutes later by tapping in Fabian Delph’s pinpoint cross. Like Silva, Sterling has produced a spectacular campaign, one underlined by these impressive numbers:
18 – Raheem Sterling has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season; twice as many as he did in his previous best campaign (9 for Liverpool in 2013/14). Evolution. https://t.co/clTFiVqWQ4
It was 3-0 nine minutes after the restart when Kevin De Bruyne struck from outside the box. The scoreline didn’t flatter the Citizens, who soon added a fourth when Bernardo Silva tucked in a rebound after Gabriel Jesus saw his penalty hit the post.
There was still time for Benjamin Mendy to make a rare appearance following his lengthy absence due to a knee ligament injury:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Benjamin Mendy is making his first appearance for Man City for 211 days. Good to be back. 👕 https://t.co/YOYMaQFIjP
Mendy’s introduction was followed by another substitute, Yaya Toure, supplying Jesus with the pass to net City’s fifth.
City showcased the quality their title-winning season has been defined by. Their free-flowing football is reminiscent of the buccaneering and artful style Wenger’s best teams once dominated the division with.
As Arsenal get ready for a new era, City fans will hope this is just the start of an unprecedented period of success.