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

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MOTD- West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal have moved into the top four of the English Premier League after holding on to manage a win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.  Arsenal started the match in control, with Tomas Rosicky pinging a shot just wide of the post from the edge of the box in the eighth minute.  West Brom slowly started to settle into the match, with Claudio Yacob almost opening the scoring off a corner in the twelfth minute.  Chris Brunt powerfully swung the corner to the near post, and Yacob flicked a header to the far post, only for Gervinho to head it off the line.  The Baggies continued to press, but amazingly it was Arsenal who opened the scoring when Gervinho latched on to a lobbed ball on the left side of the Arsenal box.  Gervinho turned Gareth McAuley inside out, before chipping a low cross to Rosicky at the near post, who hit a powerful diving header into the back back of the net.

The Baggies quickly bounced back from the goal, and when referee Howard Webb awarded West Brom a free-kick on the left, Brunt stepped up to take it.  Brunt didn’t quite catch it the way he hoped, but his shot still managed to wriggle under the wall forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to make the save to his left.  Steve Clarke’s men started to push Arsenal back into their own half, although Arsenal still looked very dangerous on the counter attack.  Continue reading

MOTD preview- West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal

Arsenal are looking to climb into fourth place in the English Premier League with a win over West Brom, while West Brom hope too keep European qualification in their sight.  The Gunners currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, and with a win they could climb one point above Chelsea into the Champions League qualification spot: fourth place.  West Brom on the other hand are in eighth place, and a win would be crucial for their bid to keep European qualification in their sight, as they are already nine points behind the single Europa League spot in the Premier League, which Arsenal currently contain.

The last time the two sides met was back in December 2012, with Mikel Arteta scoring twice from the penalty spot to give Arsenal a 2-0 win.  Statistically, Arsenal should win the match as The Baggies have not beaten Arsenal since 2005.   Also, Arsenal have won six of their last ten matches, scoring sixteen goals, while West Brom have only won three, scoring ten.  Both sides have both been on good form recently, with Arsenal winning all of their last three matches by a two-or-more goal difference, and West Brom have scored seven goals in their last five matches.  Whether West Brom score another or not, the match is sure to be excititng, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day.

West Brom fine Odemwingie over Twitter outburst

West Bromwich Albion forward Peter Odemwingie has been fined two weeks wages (a total of £76,000) by the West Brom board following a outburst on Twitter. The Nigerian international accused the club were “threatening to ruin (his) career” by not letting him move to Queens Park Rangers and heavily criticized them for leaving him on the bench for the last four games. “Keeping me on the bench now is worst than what they did on the 31st,” Odemwingie tweeted.

“If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play. Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me.”

Odemwingie tried to leave West Brom in the January transfer widow, but the club didn’t let him, and the player has been fined a total of £160,000 by the club for various incidents since then. The thirty-one-year-old was told “you should be sacked,” by one West Brom fan, and in reply Odemwingie said “that’s my wish.”