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The final games of the 2012/13 English Premiership Season have been played. All games kicked off at 4pm yesterday (Sunday the 19th of May). Although the champions (Manchester United) and runners up (Manchester City) were already decided going into yesterday’s matches, as were the 3 teams to be relegated (Wigan, Reading and QPR), who was to finish in 3rd, 4th and 5th was still to be decided.

Going into yesterday, Chelsea were in 3rd, Arsenal in 4th and Tottenham Hotspur in 5th. With all 3 teams winning, that is how it finished. This means Arsenal qualify for the Champions League for a remarkable 16th consecutive time.


Arsenal beat Newcastle United 1-0 away from home, to qualify for the Champions League for the 16th consecutive time.

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 1-0 away from home, to qualify for the Champions League for the 16th consecutive time.


This also means that, despite a phenomenal season by Wales’ Gareth Bale, who won the PFA Player of the year award, Spurs miss out on Champions League football for the second season in a row. Last year, despite finishing in the top 4, they lost their spot to Chelsea who won the Champions League and thus were allowed to defend their title despite finishing 5th in the Premiership. Speculation is rife whether Bale will stay at Spurs, or move to a club who stand a chance of winning the Champions League. Certainly there are many clubs who would want his incredible talent, and Spurs will have no shortage of offers for him.


The final top 10 of the English Premiership for the 2012/13 season.

The final top 10 of the English Premiership for the 2012/13 season.


Of the 4 clubs who finished in the top four, only Arsenal will start next season with the same manager. With the retirement of Man U’s Alex Ferguson, Wenger becomes the longest serving manager at a given club by a long way. Man U have already lined up Ferguson’s replacement, Everton’s David Moyes. Who will be managing Manchester City and Chelsea next season is still to be announced, although speculation is rife that Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini is heading to Man City, and Real Madrid’s José Mourinho is heading back to Chelsea. We shall have to wait and see.

From a Welsh point of view, Swansea have done very well in finishing in the top 10, playing some of the most attractive football in the Premiership. Worryingly for Swansea fans, their manager Michael Laudrup is being linked with a possible move to Everton to fill the vacancy David Moyes’ departure creates.

Next season, Swansea will be joined by Cardiff, meaning there will be two Welsh clubs in the top flight of English football for the first time ever. With Gareth Bale having been universally acclaimed as the best player in the English Premiership this season, and Swansea winning the League Cup, Cardiff’s comfortable winning of the Championship title has meant this has been one of the best seasons ever for Welsh football.

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