Premier League

Topics: Manchester United F.C., Premier League, Arsenal F.C. Pages: 6 (2297 words) Published: October 12, 2014
Good morning fellow devotees of football and welcome to another instalment of Football Focus. We have witnessed some electrifying football in the past two decades in the Barclays Premier League but this season tops the lot. In this latest chapter we will review what has been going on in England’s top flight as hearts were broken as well as records, controversies taking place and much more. ‘Best league in the world’, the Barclays Premier League. We have seen the highs and lows of this season. From Manchester City’s triumphant title win all the way to David Moyes’ record breaking season. Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City were all expected to challenge for the title and no one disappointed. Arsenal played breath-taking football throughout the season with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Carzola, Aaron Ramsey and more ripping teams’ defence apart. However, Arsene Wenger and Co. could not produce the performances throughout the second half of the season which led to their downfall and left them no choice but to hang on to a Champions League spot in 4th place (no surprise there!). Some may say their failure to win the Premier League was down to the heavy defeats by their fierce title rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in which they were thrashed 5-1, 6-0 and 6-3 respectively. On the positive side of things, Arsenal was given the opportunity to open their trophy cabinet once again. After a trophy-less nine campaigns, they had a chance to win the FA Cup and they did not disappoint. After a dramatic 3-2 win against Hull City, with Aaron Ramsey, undoubtedly the driving force in the Arsenal side throughout the season, scoring an extra-time winner with an instinctive strike that was a rocket flying into the back of the net, Arsenal could finally move on from what was almost a decade of disappointment. ‘The Special One’ AKA Jose Mourinho returned to his beloved Chelsea after leaving 6 years ago as they finished without a trophy in this season’s football campaign. He caused controversy in his first season back with Chelsea by calling Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’. By the end of the season, Mourinho was having a go at star player Eden Hazard for not working hard enough after being eliminated from the Champions League semi-final by Diego Simeone’s Spanish side Atletico Madrid as Chelsea finished the season in a deficient 3rd place. If that wasn’t enough for you readers, Mourinho was then questioning his star striker, Samuel Eto’o’s age, only for him to reply by labelling his manager a ‘puppet’. As a result, Eto’o was released by Chelsea only after playing a year in England. Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool side were spine-tingling this season as they challenged for the Premier League for the first time in half a decade. They were the bookies favourite to take the title back to Anfield for the first time since 1990. Striking partners Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez were banging in goals from left, right and centre with an astonishing 52 goals combined. The latter was a goal machine scoring 31 goals alone and assuredly in the form of his life by taking home the prestigious PFA (Players Football Association) award as well as the distinguished Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. However, their leaky defence let them down which subsequently gave up their hopes of becoming Premier League champions for the first time in 24 years. On the plus side, Liverpool managed to finish runners-up meaning their return to the Champions League next season for the first time since 2009. Club captain Steven Gerrard has to try yet again to win what is England’s most prized possession – The Barclays Premier League. Speaking of Premier League champions, Manchester City fought their way well to win the league for the second time in three years. City, managed by the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, had the leading goal difference in the league with 65 along with the most goals scored with an admirable 102...
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