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The (final) Premier League Recap: Matchweek 38

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this weekend’s latest round of Premier League action on the final day of the 20/21 season. Liverpool host Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur travel to the King Power to take on Leicester City in the last stage of the battle for the top four, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchweek 38.

Gunners ease past Brighton at the Emirates

Nicolas Pepe was at the double for Arsenal as they earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates. 

The Ivorian winger gave the Gunners the lead shortly after the break when he controlled the pass into the box from Calum Chambers to turn and rifle his effort low into the bottom corner, beating Robert Sanchez at his near post. 

Pepe doubled the hosts’ advantage on 60 minutes when he collected the through ball from Martin Odegaard to coolly slot home from close range. 

This result means that Mikel Arteta’s side finish in 8th place on 61 points whilst Brighton find themselves in 16th on 41. 

Chelsea gain top four place despite final day defeat to Villa

Chelsea have secured their place in the UEFA Champions League next season despite a final day 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Midlands. 

The hosts opened their account on 43 minutes when Bertrand Traore met the corner in from Matt Targett to hit a first time strike that went in off the underside of the crossbar. 

The striker was later brought down inside the area by Jorginho, with Anwar El Ghazi converting the resulting penalty to make it 2-0 to Dean Smith’s side. 

Chelsea pulled a goal back in the 70th-minute when Ben Chilwell’s effort was given following a goal-line technology check before the captain Cesar Azpilicueta received a straight red card for violent conduct towards Jack Grealish. 

Willock shines again as Newcastle secure all three points

Joe Willock scored for his seventh consecutive game on Sunday afternoon as Newcastle United recorded a 2-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

The Arsenal loanee gave the Magpies the lead on 23 minutes when he dribbled the ball all the way from his own half to finish low into the bottom corner and beyond the reach of Rodak. 

The visitors wrapped up the victory just two minutes from time when Matt Ritchie was brought down inside the area by Kenny Tete with Fabian Schar dispatching the resulting penalty. 

These three points mean that Newcastle finish in 12th place on 45 points whilst the Cottagers remain 18th on 28. 

Leeds claim top 10 finish with Baggies win

Leeds United have claimed a finish in the top 10 of the Premier League after they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at Elland Road. 

The hosts went ahead after 17 minutes when Rodrigo met the corner from Raphinha to head home at the back post. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men doubled their lead shortly before the break when Kalvin Phillips hit the back of the net from his direct free-kick which was put beyond the reach of Sam Johnstone. 

The Leeds substitute Patrick Bamford made it three from the penalty spot in the 79th-minute after a handball by Okay Yokuslu before the Baggies pulled a consolation goal back after Hal Robson-Kanu capitalised on a defensive error. 

Foxes miss out on Champions League following Spurs defeat

Leicester City missed out on a top four place after they suffered a 4-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium. 

Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead from the spot after 18 minutes when he was brought down by Toby Alderweireld before Spurs found the equaliser before the break when Harry Kane hit a first-time volley earning him his third Golden Boot award. 

The hosts went back in front thanks to a second Vardy penalty after he was fouled by Davinson Sanchez before the visitors levelled it up yet again through Kasper Schmeichel who bundled the ball into his own net. 

The substitute Gareth Bale gave Ryan Mason’s side the lead on 87 minutes when he rifled home Kane’s pass on the edge of the area before making it four in stoppage-time. 

This result means that Tottenham have successfully secured their own European qualification and finish in 7th place on 62 points whilst Brendan Rodgers’ men drop to 5th on 66. 

Liverpool earn third place finish after Eagles victory

Liverpool have confirmed their Champions League status following a 2-0 home victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield. 

The Reds took the lead after 36 minutes when Andy Robertson picked out Sadio Mane inside the area who poked home from close range. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men doubled their advantage late in the second half when the Senegalese international collected the ball from Mo Salah to fire a deflected effort into the bottom corner and beyond the reach of Guaita. 

This fifth straight win for Liverpool sees them finish in 3rd place on 69 points whilst Palace, who are bidding a fond farewell to manager Roy Hodgson, find themselves in 14th on 44.

5-star performance from City as the champions lift the trophy

It was a farewell appearance from Sergio Aguero over the weekend as Manchester City earned an emphatic 5-0 win over Everton at the Etihad. 

Kevin De Bruyne gave the hosts the lead after 11 minutes when he tucked a magnificent long-range strike into the bottom corner before Gabriel Jesus doubled City’s advantage when he turned on the inside of his defender to fire home beyond the reach of Jordan Pickford. 

Phil Foden added the third on 53 minutes when he latched on to the through ball by Raheem Sterling before Aguero came off the bench to steal the show with two goals on what was his final home game under Pep Guardiola. 

City lifted the trophy in front of their fans after being crowned champions picking up a total of 86 points over the course of the 20/21 campaign. 

Blades end the season on a high

Sheffield United have managed to end their disappointing season on a high after they beat Burnley 1-0 at Bramall Lane. 

The Blades got the only goal of the game on 24 minutes when David McGoldrick collected the through ball from Enda Stevens to curl his strike home into the bottom-right hand corner. 

Chris Basham almost added a second for the hosts when his effort came straight back off the post but Sheffield still managed to hang on for the win and give their fans something to cheer about before their return to the Championship. 

West Ham qualify for Europa League

West Ham United have officially claimed their spot in the UEFA Europa League after they recorded a 3-0 victory over Southampton at the London Stadium. 

The Hammers opened their account on the half-hour mark when Alex McCarthy’s initial save to deny Jarrod Bowen was parried straight into the path of Pablo Fornals who smashed home from close range. 

The Spanish midfielder made it two for David Moyes’ men just three minutes later when he was teed up by Vladimir Coufal to finish low into the bottom corner. 

The hosts sealed the win in the closing stages of the game when Declan Rice collected the ball over the top from Fornals to rifle home and beat the goalkeeper at his near post. 

United edge past Wolves at the Molineux

Nuno Espirito Santo’s last game in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers didn’t go according to plan as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at the Molineux. 

The Red Devils opened the scoring after just 13 minutes when the 19-year-old Anthony Elanga met the cross in from Dan James to head home from close range. 

The hosts responded quickly and managed to find the equaliser on 39 minutes when Fabio Silva cut the ball back to Nelson Semedo who made a low composed finish. 

United got the winning goal from the spot shortly before the break when Romain Saiss brought down Donny van de Beek inside the area with Juan Mata converting the resulting penalty. 

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