by Abdulmajeed Bakare
Depending on how you look at it, the 2017/2018 PL season has been both short and long.
On one hand, it still feels just like yesterday when the league started. On the other, Manchester City’s 97 points makes it feel like it’s been a long time coming.
The champions have been crowned. Save for a last minute drama, all top four teams have decided their fate. From Monday, all noise coming from the Premier League (PL) will die off – well, except the Championship Playoffs and the usual rumors about who’s going where.
With my eyes set on the World Cup, I take look back at the 17/18 PL season and have picked out 5 of my most memorable moments.
- Pep and the 19 games Winning Run
Every champion has that period when they are virtually unplayable and that period ran nineteen games long for the Cityzens.
A few hiccups were there as it should be but the champions to be had too much in the tank for the likes of Southampton, Bournemouth games which needed extra time wins. Eventually the run did come to halt in the New Year but it was late for those playing catch up.
- Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea
A breathtaking match and one of my candidates for match of the season. A classic made for the neutrals. On a night when the score line could easily have been more before the referee’s final whistle.
Countless chances and half chances went begging in this encounter between 2 fierce London rivals. It was a most forgettable 90mins of football for a certain £70million Chelsea forward who missed sitter after sitter including two of that could have been match winners.
- A Mid-table Managerial Appointment
This is the story of two clubs and one manager that almost led to Watford fighting for their lives. This season was full of ups and downs for Watford F.C, but it all seemed to get worse during the protracted saga over then manager Marco Silva.
It was widely presumed by many that amongst other things the interest from Everton had a huge impact on both Watford and Silva alike. By January though, it was decided Javi Gracia was to take over and this has salvaged their season.
- Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Another entertaining match and potential match of the season saw United pull off a near impossible comeback at the Ethihad. Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan had given City the two-nil lead at halftime.
In the end a brilliant Paul Pogba brace in the space of two minutes brought things level after halftime. On 69 minutes Chris Smalling grabbed the winner for Mourinho’s men to delay City’s title party for another week.
- Wenger Resigns
The day 22-years-in-charge Arsene Wenger drew the curtains on his leadership as Arsenal boss will remain in the hearts of many albeit not so fondly for others.
3 league titles including one Invincible campaign 7 FA Cups and community shields are some titles he won over the course of his management. Several personal awards are also in his cabinet. A legendary and respected coach he will remain in the history books for Arsenal F.C.
Have any unforgettable moments from the season? Leave me a comment and let start a discussion.
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