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Premier League final day review

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Arsenal and Chelsea were the two happiest sides on a tense and spectacular finish to the 2012-13 Premier League season.

The tension was in the chase for the Champions League qualification and Tottenham Hotspur will be the most disappointed side after they missed out by a single point, despite another spectacular late winner from Gareth Bale.

Disappointment came because Man of the Match Laurent Koscielny’s second half strike gave Arsenal the win they needed to secure fourth and a 16th consecutive season in the Champions League under Arsene Wenger.

There was much talk of a possible third-play play-off in the lead up to the final round of fixtures, but any chance of that disappeared with Chelsea’s winning goal from Fernando Torres.

Juan Mata opened the scoring inside ten minutes before Steven Naismith levelled just a few minutes later, but it was left to the much-maligned Torres to score his first Premier League goal since December to secure the three points and third place.

With the only thing left to play for providing the only real tension, it was left to other sides to come up with the spectacular.

Manchester United were playing their last ever game under Sir Alex Ferguson and it was certainly one to remember.

Being 3-0 up in the first 30 minutes, you would expect the Old Trafford club to come away from Werst Brom with a win but the Baggies came bouncing back.

A late brace from Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku meant an incredible match finished 5-5 – a fitting end to Ferguson’s glittering career.

A miserable week or so for Manchester City ended with another disappointing defeat.

Norwich City may have been buoyed by having avoiding relegation a little too closely, as they were brilliant in winning 3-2 at Etihad Stadium and weren’t behind once in the match.

Jamie Carragher’s last ever game ended with a clean sheet as Liverpool overcame bottom side QPR 1-0 at Anfield, with the goal coming from impressive January summer signing Philippe Coutinho.

There were wins also for West Ham against Reading, inspired a Kevin Nolan hat-trick, and Fulham away at Swansea City, where they were very impressive with 3-0 victory.

Relegated Wigan ended the season with a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Aston Villa, while Michael Owen’s last ever game finished with a 15 minute cameo as Stoke City were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

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