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Blah blah blah.. oh and Tottenham got spanked 5-1 by relegated Newcastle United.

That is pretty much all I want to say right now but not sure it is worthy of starting a new article. Well it is but you know what I mean.

The Premier League climax quickly morphed into hilarity. I mean I cannot think of a word to sum it up better than that, it was just funny. Sunderland were supposed to have put any slight chance of St Totteringham's day to bed when they relegated Newcastle United in midweek, giving the Magpies nothing to play for whatsoever on the final day against Tottenham. I mean even if they had to scrap for a win to survive the drop, it was unlikely against the much lauded Spurs press. This super team that have given the Premier League a breath of fresh air and all that jazz.

But Tottenham have a few players missing and all of a sudden they are an absolute mess. Losing the two goal lead at Stamford Bridge was followed up with a home defeat to Southampton and now relegated and ten man Newcastle spanked them 5-1 when a draw would have been enough to see the poorer half of North London finish above us for the first time in over twenty years.

But Arsenal had to keep their side of the bargain and that was to beat relegated Aston Villa. Giroud put us well on the way within the first five minutes, heading in a Monreal cross. We started the game very well I thought, pinning Villa in their own half and not allowing them any time on the ball, we moved the ball quickly and we looked in good shape. But as the half went on and the second goal did not arrive we started to lose the intensity and tempo to our play which allowed Aston Villa to get into the game more and more.

Villa got in behind us a couple of times which forced us into last ditch clearances, but what seemed obvious was that we lacked that little something in the final third. Hopefully it is something that we address in the summer, whether that be a new central striker or a scoring wide player. Or both I guess.

Almost the best part of the day was the way the crowd at the Emirates united together. The sun was out, the supporters cheered and celebrated Newcastle's goals together and there wasn't a banner in sight. I can only speak for myself but Arsenal football club is far more enjoyable when we are all pulling in the same positive direction and not fighting against each other or the club. It was nice to see from my screen at least, would have been great to have been there in person.

Arsene Wenger was growing in frustration as we failed to score the second goal, it's been the story of our season really. Missing chances against lower teams after dominating the game. I was getting worried that we would do another Crystal Palace at home and concede a stupid goal. I reckon Arsene was worrying about that also.

On 78, Giroud calmed the nerves steering in Ozil's low centre. With Tottenham getting battered at Newcastle there was a bit of a party atmosphere around the ground. Bellerin picked out Giroud again only minutes later with a wonderful pass through the Villa defence and Giroud netted his first Premier League hat-trick for Arsenal.

There was also time for substitute Mikel Arteta to end his Arsenal career with a goal, even if it will more than likely go down as an own goal. That is not so important, the most important part was the applause he got from the fans as well as the celebration from his team mates.

I have to say, I was absolutely gutted that Tomas Rosicky did not get a place on the bench. I don't see why Alex Iwobi couldn't have dropped out for this one game but nothing can be done about that now. Rosicky got a wonderful reception after the game and rightly so. And no Mikel Arteta crying at the full time whistle did not make me well up at all *ahem*

So that is that, season 2015/16 is now a part of history. Arsenal fans more disgruntled than ever and we finish above Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham. Finish in our highest position for over a decade yet we have so many regrets and frustrations to deal with. It's a funny old game.

That said, I don't think our position is at all bad as it has been portrayed so often. A good summer and we have as much of a chance as anyone in the most competitive league in world football.

Tottenham have never had a Premier League season as good as they have this time, they were lauded by so many people. Young hungry manager Mauricio Pochettino was hot property and yet.. and yet! Arsenal finish above Tottenham once again. Glorious stuff.


  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more