Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal, December 26, 2018. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Football | Premier League | 3 For Gameweek 38

By Neil Leverett

  • Manchester City sealed successive Premier League titles with 4-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium
  • Liverpool forced to settle for second place, despite 2-0 win over top six tormentors Wolves at Anfield
  • West Ham United beat Watford to finish in top half on table, as three men share Golden Boot
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – As another Premier League campaign wraps up, which three players shone on the final day of the season and made our podium for Gameweek 38?


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3. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (RB) – After having held a ten-point lead at the top of the Premier League table at the end of 2018, Liverpool were forced to settle for runners-up spot again in their quest for an inaugural crown, following Manchester City’s eventual comfortable 4-1 win at the AMEX Stadium versus Brighton. The Reds however finished the season in winning style and having made our top three last week, Alexander-Arnold again turned on the style against Wolves.
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The Reds full-back for the second week running notched a brace of assists – both in supplying Sadio Mane – as the England defender confirmed his rightful place in PFA Team of the Year. Finishing the campaign with a stunning 13 assists for the campaign, the right-back finished also with 16 clean sheets to cap what has been a superb season for a player who continues to grow all facets of his game. It may have been a difficult afternoon for the defender having missed out on a title-winners’ medal, but make no mistake Alexander-Arnold will be a mainstay for both club and country for many years to come.


2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal (ST) – Such have Arsenal’s defensive problems dictated large portions of the run-in, the form of the Gunners’ front men in recent weeks have been vital to Unai Emery, not least in their route to Baku and the Europa League final with Chelsea at the end of this month. In the league, Arsenal fell short of top four finish due to theirwell-documented defensive frailties, but after Alexandre Lacazette was named the club’s Player of the Year, Aubameyang ensured his own place in Premier League history – in part – scoring a double against Burnley.
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Finishing tied on 22 goals apiece with both Mane and Mohamed Salah, the Gabonese striker should have claimed the prize for own having hit the woodwork at Turf Moor and having missed a gilt-edged near open goal opportunity to claim a hat-trick. Despite this, Aubameyang continues as one of Europe’s hottest strikers; Statistics that Chelsea fans in particular will be hoping doesn’t leave them with the Blues in Azerbaijan.


1. Mark Noble, West Ham United (CM) – Our star man for the final weekend of the season was one of the Premier League’s veterans, but still one of the most consistent performers outside of the top six. Hammers skipper Noble has been the club’s designated penalty taker for close to a decade and whilst the 32-year old again converted from the spot against Watford, he also found the net in rare fashion from open play at Vicarage Road.
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Sunday’s game against the Hornets was the only real game with anything concrete on the line, as the winner would seal a top half finish to end the season. Despite the Hornets having one eye on this weekend’s FA Cup final, the hosts put on an attacking show, before being caught out in a game of counter-attack with the east Londoners. Noble was the recipient of Michail Antonio‘s break from deep, and opened the scoring, before book-ending West Ham’s 4-1 win in emphatic style from the spot. West Ham have had an inconsistent season, but with a summer of strong recruitment under Manuel Pellegrini, the Irons are well set.


The Emirates FA Cup final takes place on Saturday 18 May, as Manchester City face Watford at Wembley Stadium


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