10 of the most memorable moments from the 2017-18 season
Another Premier League season has come to a close, after nine months of thrilling, dramatic and stunning football.
It hasn’t been easy, and we’re sure to have missed out some big contenders, but the Ladbrokes News crew have come up with their top 10 moments of the campaign.
In no particular order…
Crystal Palace finally get a win
Crystal Palace started the season in strikingly poor form. Frank de Boer came in and was promptly turfed out after just four matches. The Dutchman guilty of changing too much too soon.
But even after seven games Palace remained winless, and worse, goal-less. So when reigning champions Chelsea headed to Selhurst Park, little was expected from the hosts.
It’s funny how sport turns out, however, as Palace produced a sublime performance to win 2-1 and collect their first victory of the campaign.
It sparked a revival which ultimately saw the Eagles rise to 11th by the end of the season.
David de Gea is a wall
Arsenal hadn’t lost in almost a year at the Emirates when Manchester United visited in early December.
But the Gunners’ run was ended by a clinical Red Devils’ attack, and equally, a sensational performance from David de Gea.
The Spaniard made 14 saves, including a stunning double from Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette. United won 3-1.
Swaps time at Arsenal and Man United
It was a transfer deal only usually seen on Football Manager, but in a rare high-profile swap, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan traded places in January.
The deal saw Sanchez become one of the highest paid players in Europe. The Chilean had seemingly been destined for Manchester City before Man United swooped.
Arsenal would only sell up if a replacement player could be agreed, and Mkhitaryan proved to be the man forced to make way.
Wigan beat Man City in the cup, again
Wigan Athletic may have famously beaten Man City to win the FA Cup Final in 2013, but how times had changed since.
The Latics had slipped to League One, while the Citizens were in scintillating form under Pep Guardiola.
Thrown together in this season’s fifth round, Wigan came through against odds of 22/1 thanks to Will Grigg’s late winner on a remarkable night at the DW Stadium.
West Ham fans implode
Things are never straight forward at West Ham United. And this season proved no different.
Slaven Bilic was given the boot in November, and in came David Moyes. But Irons fans never took to the Scot, despite a solid run to escape relegation.
It all came to a head during a 3-0 home loss to Burnley in March. Fans stormed the pitch mid-match, with Mark Noble just one of several Hammers players urging them to calm down amid quite surreal scenes.
Mo Salah’s 32-goal sensation
It seemed to be that no player could score more than 31 goals in a 38-game Premier League season. Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez had all reached that figure.
But then came Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian struggled during a short spell at Chelsea, but has become a legend at Liverpool.
Salah simply couldn’t stop scoring this season. He had 14 goals by Christmas, and bagged his record-breaking 32nd on the final campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Man United spoil City’s party
Guardiola’s Man City won the league by a canter, but their original party plans were put on hold.
Fate had decried that City could have won the title with victory at home to local rivals Man United.
And when they went 2-0 up after just 30 minutes, the party had started at the Etihad.
But Jose Mourinho must have spoken words of infinite wisdom to his players, who produced a stunning second-half performance to win 3-2 and ruin City’s party in style.
Rooney’s half-way wonder strike
There’s no doubt that Wayne Rooney is very much in the autumn, if not the winter of his career.
But the five-time Premier League winner reminded us all of his talent with a sensational goal against West Ham.
The Everton playmaker collected a loose ball in his own-half, and instinctively struck the ball a good 60 yards into the net. The technique and the vision to execute such a strike said everything about Rooney’s innate talent.
Bournemouth give Chelsea the blues
We knew things weren’t right with the reigning champions when they lost 3-2 at home to Burnley on the opening day.
Chelsea were 3-0 down that day, and they similarly failed to turn up when Bournemouth ran riot in a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in March.
The Cherries were simply excellent. It was arguably their most impressive Premier League win yet, and helped heaped more pressure on an already-disgruntled Antonio Conte.
It finally happened. After nearly 22 years in charge, Arsene Wenger is no longer Arsenal manager.
There’s no faulting the Frenchman’s love and commitment to the game, but growing unease among Arsenal fans meant it was time for Wenger to go.
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