Most of the major issues in the 25th season of the Premier League had been settled before the final round of 2016-17 matches. Chelsea were able to enjoy the official presentation of the PL trophy after a 5-1 walloping of Sunderland who had long been condemned to life in the Championship next season. John Terry, in the last game for the club he had first appeared for in October 1998, started and then came off in the 26th minute, the same number ass on the back of his Chelsea shirt. Those on social media did not take to kindly to this set-up – apparently many others cashed in on the time with sporting bets – and it was a strange ways for the former England captain to say “farewell” after 717 appearances. Arsenal beat Everton convincingly, but it enough to over take Manchester City or Liverpool into the top four as both won. It was the first time Arsene Wenger had failed to get his team into the Champions League since 1997, so Arsenal fans will be watching Thursday night European football next season. The fact that Arsenal’s total of 75 points was the highest ever by a side not to be in the top four was little consolation. There was a gap of 15 pints between Everton in seventh spot and Southampton in eight. Just six points covered the nine clubs above the relegation zone. Runners-up Tottenham lost the fewest games, four, and scored the most goals, 86. Spurs goal difference, 60, is the highest ever by a team not to wins the title. Other interesting stats from the season: Chelsea were not shown a single red card and were 43 points better than their showing 2015-16; Relegated Hull City were top of the table for a single day during the season, one day more than Spurs. Harry Kane earned the Golden Boot with 29 goals, two more than Middlesbrough managed in the entire season; and Watford’s Jose Holebas was shown 14 yellow cars, equalling the Premier League record tally.

Antonio Conte has set the bar high for next season after just one year in charge (Colorsport/Bearham)


Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa in selfie model (Colorsport/Bearham)


John Terry after his 717th and final Chelsea appearance. (Colorsport/Bearham)


Diego Costa make sure champions medal is genuine. (Colorsport/Bearham)


Support for Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal (Colorsport/Cowie)


Laurent Koscieiny takes of the captain’s armband after being sent off. (Colorsport/Cowie)