The Premier League season is over as each side has completed their 38 game campaign which ended with Chelsea as Champions and Hull City joining Middlesborough and Sunderland in the drop zone. Many sides would’ve had high hopes going into the season so now is the time to assess each club’s performance over the whole term taking into account all competitions. Links to all other parts can be found at the bottom of each article!
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Arsenal – 5th – Grade: B-
It all hinged on the FA Cup for Arsenal. A trophy at the end of the season cannot be laughed at and means the Gunners have more to show for their whole season than Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City, despite being poor on the whole. In the Premier League they’ve not answered a lot of questions and the manner in which they destruct in poor fashion year on year means the club really show no signs whatsoever of progression. The embarrassing 10-2 aggregate scoreline against Bayern in the Champions League last 16 once again illustrates the glaring frailties of the club under Wenger, the win at Wembley though adds to Arsenal’s history, even though it doesn’t change the problems the club has.
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AFC Bournemouth – 9th – Grade: B+
The Cherries have once again done well in avoiding relegation and were never in trouble towards the final stages of the season. That’s certainly a good achievement but Bournemouth are a good team and I wouldn’t expect them to be under real relegation threat, a sign that Eddie Howe is continually doing a good job. It was for me, very much a season you’d expect from them, scoring and conceding plenty of goals, finding some big scalps along the way. 9th is a fantastic finishing place but the nature of how close the table was in the final set of games means it’s important not to read much into it.
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Burnley – 16th – Grade: A
Sean Dyche certainly knows how to get the most out of his squad and he continues to get results, this time building on the Clarets experience from last time round. Burnley’s season was completely dependant on their home form in truth, finding several impressive results at Turf Moor. Another side that didn’t look in danger with the final hurdles in sight despite a possibility of relegation with a few games to spare and that makes it a very productive season. They have spent a bit more this time round but Burnley are methodical in everything they do and that is why they are safe.
Chelsea – 1st – A+
A convincing title win, Chelsea never looked in danger of losing hold of the trophy for months before they claimed it. Conte deserves big credit for finding the perfect formula and his relentless energy carried over to the players to inspire wins. I do think they were fortunate to have such few injuries and would’ve struggled with just a couple of setbacks. Of course the Blues are one of the big hitters and with the squad at Stamford Bridge, such an achievement shouldn’t be such a massive shock but they weren’t fancied prior to a ball being kicked with the Manchester Clubs being tipped as favourites. This makes Chelsea’s accomplishment greater as they were far ahead of these sides and an FA Cup final defeat shouldn’t impact their overall season.
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Crystal Palace – 14th – D
The table definitely lies as Palace have had a miserable season having to deal with relegation worries. Alan Pardew made life very difficult for the Eagles before he was sacked and even then Sam Allardyce struggled to make the instant impact many expected. Crystal Palace should simply not be struggling at the foot of the table with the squad and investment that they have. Allardyce predictably steered them clear in the end but at no point could it have been an enjoyable season.
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