5 Things We Learned From the Final Weekend of the Premier League Season

Despite many claiming that the final weekend of the Premier League had very little riding on it (and they were right) the curtain call of the campaign still gave us several talking points to round off what has been an exhilarating season. 


For example, Newcastle United's 3-0 victory over Chelsea meant the Magpies came out on top in the highly coveted battle for 10th place...anyway, moving on.


Here are five things we learned for the last time in 2017/18.

1. Swansea City Deserve Relegation

In what was already all but a foregone conclusion at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, Swansea City played their last match in the Premier League for at least 12 months as their relegation to the Championship was confirmed, and it is nothing less than they deserve. 


Heading into the final three games of the season with a four-point buffer over Southampton, with an on-the-beach Bournemouth, the Saints and Stoke City - two of the then bottom three -  still to play, with the latter pairing at home, the smart money was on Carlos Carvalhal to guide the Swans to safety. 


But three defeats on the bounce, against sides the Welsh outfit should have had enough to surpass, meant their demotion doom was sealed, and if you cannot utilise a four-point advantage with three games to go against teams around you, you do not deserve to be in the top-flight. 

2. Chelsea Fans Are Going to Love Thursdays

Liverpool's 4-0 demolition of Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield confirmed the Merseysiders would be playing Champions League football again next season - at Chelsea's expense. 


The Blues now head into the second tier of the competition for the first time since they were crowned champions five years ago, although the last time they qualified for the Europa League through their league position was in 2002. 


And coming alongside the wonder of Thursday night football is the chance for the Stamford Bridge faithful to take out their passports and travel to the weirdest and most wonderful reaches of Europe. You think Liverpool fans have it bad trying to get to Kiev... 

3. Darren Moore's West Brom Are Not Invincible

Despite Barcelona surrendering their unbeaten run this weekend grabbing the Monday headlines, another streak broken was Darren Moore's at West Bromwich Albion


The 44-year-old had somehow given the Baggies fans hope following his temporary appointment after the sacking of Alan Pardew, seeing off the likes of Manchester United at Old Trafford, Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns and snatching a point from free-scoring Liverpool.


However, it seemed a trip to Crystal Palace was just a step too far for the already-relegated side, who went down 2-0 at the hands of the Eagles in what is expected to be Moore's last match in charge. 

4. Arsenal Can Win Away

The Arsenal players stated during the week they were going to give Arsene Wenger the send-off he deserved this weekend ahead of his final match in charge of the Gunners - bringing an end to a 22-year reign. 


And boy did they; a 1-0 win over mid-table Huddersfield


The victory at the Kirklees Stadium not only brought the curtain down on the Frenchman's stay in north London with something Manchester United could not do for Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 - a win - but also made sure they did not end the season as the only side in the football league not to pick up a point away from home in 2018. 

5. Peter Crouch Nets Another Landmark Goal

Despite Peter Crouch admitting his shame of Stoke City's relegation heading into the final game of the season, the 37-year-old rounded off the campaign with a little piece of history to his name as he netted the season's 1000th Premier League goal. 


His 40th-minute winner, which confirmed Swansea would be joining the Potters in the Championship next season, added to his landmark term; after the giant entered the Guinness Book of Records in October for scoring the most headed Premier League goals in history - 51.