Arsenal beat Newcastle, Chelsea beat Everton, Ferguson ends career with 10-goal thriller; EPL final weekend review

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton

The 2012/2013 English Premier League has come to a close, with the final day of football proving as dramatic as it was exciting.  Although Arsenal held on to take fourth place and a spot in the Champions League, The Gunners had a nervy finish in their match against Fulham after Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0.  Chelsea held on to third place in their 2-1 win over Everton, while Queens Park Rangers ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.  Elsewhere, Norwich beat Manchester City, Southampton drew 1-1 with Stoke City, Fulham beat Swansea 3-0, West Ham United took the three points against Reading, Wigan’s matcg against Aston Villa ended level, and Sir Alex Ferguson singed off at Manchester United with a thrilling 5-5 draw at West Brom.

West Brom looked like they were doomed from the start at The Hawthorns, and The Baggies were down by the third minute cortesy of Shinji Kagawa’s header.  Jonas Olsson directed the ball into his own net, before Alexander Buttner’s low shot gave United a 3-0 lead.  James Morrison pulled one back for West Brom five minutes before the half, and Romelu Lukaku’s low effort from the edge of the box made it 2-3.  Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez made the score 5-2 in United’s favor, but two late goals by Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu from low crosses made it 5-4, before Lukaku earned his hat-trick by shuffling the ball into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny’s volley from point-blank range gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle, and while Theo Walcott cold have relieved the late nerves in the last minute, his chip from six-yards hit the post.  Anyhow, Arsenal still took fourth place.

Tottenham missed multiple chances in their 1-0 win over ten-man Sunderland, and it took a eighty-ninth minute stunning thirty-five yard curler from Gareth Bale too give Tottenham the win.  Spurs should have taken the lead much earlier though, but they didn’t, even though Scott Parker had his shot blocked on the line and Aaron Lennon hit the post in a goalmouth scramble in the sixty-first minute. Continue reading

Ferdinand retires from England

Times up: Rio Ferdinand has called time on his international career

Times up: Rio Ferdinand has called time on his England career

Rio Ferdinand has called time on his international career for England to keep his club career at Manchester United in good shape.  The 34-year-old has informed England manager Roy Hodgson of his retirement before the Hodgson will announce the Three Lions squad for their friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Ferdinand won 81 caps for England during his 16-year career with the Three Lions, and was the youngest defender to ever to play for the national team when he made his debut for England in a match against Cameroon in 1997 at the age of 19.  Although the center-back’s international career Continue reading

MOTD preview- Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic are set to travel to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in a highly important match for both sides. Wigan currently sit in eighteenth place in the Premier League, and need at least a draw to maintain their hopes of staying up. Arsenal on the other hand sit at the other end of the table in fifth place, and will be looking to go above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place with a win, heavily increasing their chances of a top-four finish. Both sides know they desperately need the win, although it is perhaps more important to Wigan, who are on the brink of being relegated. The two sides will also be confident about gaining the three points, as they have both been on excellent form. Arsenal have been unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions, winning seven out of those nine matches and drawing twice. Wigan have only lost twice in their last eleven matches, and come off the back of a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final to win the FA Cup for the first time.

Although Arsenal have recently had the upper hand in this fixture, winning four of the previous six meetings, Wigan will be looking to pull if an upset as they did the last time they faced Arsenal at the Emirates when the beat The Gunners 2-1. But whether The Lactics can pull off the upset of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review right here on Football Every Day!

Roberto Mancini sacked by Manchester City

Something to ponder; Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Something to ponder: Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have finally axed manager Roberto Mancini, a year to the day after Mancini lead City to their first Premier League title in 44 years.  After the 72 hour wait for City’s Abu Dhabi-owner’s and 24 hour after Mancini was told he would be shown the door at City by chairman Khaldoon al Mubara, the Italian’s sacking has been confirmed.  City’s owners’ claimed Mancini had failed to meet any of their targets or the season (except Chapions League qualification), resulting in the 48-year-old’s sacking.

Mancini’s City future was in doubt after City’s shock 1-0 loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final, meaning City will go without silverware this season.  Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to have been approached by City after their FA Cup defeat, and with Mancini out the Chilean looks set to move to Manchester.

Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take over for City’s remaining two Premier League matches, unless a replacement for Mancini is found before Sunday.  Continue reading

MOTD- Fulham 1-3 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge perform's some fancy footwork against Fulham

Daniel Sturridge performs some fancy footwork against Fulham

Daniel Sturridge’s hat-trick has given Liverpool solid, although meaningless, 3-1 win against Fulham in The Cottager’s last match at Craven Cottage of the season.  Liverpool started the match looking the better side, keeping much of the possession in the opening minutes.  Philippe Coutinho came close to putting The Red’s in front in the fourteenth minute when he beat a Fulham defender before unleashing a fierce shot on goal from twenty-five yards out, which Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer brilliantly pushed away.  Although Fulham began to gain confidence, Liverpool managed to keep most of the possession.

Fulham looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and in the thirtieth minute the home side almost took the lead through Eyoung Enoh.  Enoh’s dipping volley from thirty-yards out forced Reina to awkwardly catch it, but it was no real danger to Liverpool.  Two minutes later Fulham surprisingly took the lead through Dimitar Berbatov’s fourteenth league goal of the season.  Sascha Riether’s superb cross from the right found Berbatov unmarked six yards out from goal, and the forward brilliantly headed it into the corner of the net to put Fulham up.  The Cottager’s lead was short lived though, and Liverpool equalized only three minutes later when Andre Wisdom’s long ball found Daniel Sturridge open in the Fulham half Continue reading

MOTD preview- Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Manchester City are set to take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, with City aiming to win the trophy for the second time in three years.  City are in safe second place in the Premier League, and barring a miracle, they will stay there.  Wigan on the other hand are battling hard to stay in the Premier League, and will need a win in their last two matches is they are to stay up. On top of that, David Moyes has left Everton for Manchester United, leaving Wigan manager Roberto Martinez favorite for the job, resulting in Martinez having to bat away questions about the job instead of spending time preparing for the final.  Although City have no such problems, a loss for them would most likely see manager Roberto Mancini’s future put in further doubt as it is rumored City have approached Manuel Pellegrini about replacing Mancini.

It will take an upset for Wigan to claim the title, and although they held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw and beat West Bromwich Albion recently, they have not been on the best of form.  Surprisingly, City have also been on below average form, only winning two times out of their last five matches. But whether City can win the come out of their recent slump in form, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

Pellegrini set to replace Mancini at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s future at the English club is in doubt, with reports suggesting that Malaga manager  Manuel Pellegrini will replace Mancini over the summer.  Reports from Spain claim that Pellegrini has agreed to a contract with City, who will pay his €4 million release clause.

Mancini’s side will play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and the Italian still remains popular with City supporters, who will likely chant Mancini’s name against Wigan in a bid to reverse City’s decision to bring in Pellegrini.  The Chilean has reportedly told Malaga that he will be leaving at the end of the season to join City, although there has been no confirmation of the deal from either City of Malaga.