The Premier League’s 2016-17 season is in the books, with Chelsea lifting the hardware on Sunday. The Blues are joined Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Liverpool in the Top Four. Arsenal misses the Top Four for the first time in over two decades
Last summer proved to be a disappointing one for Everton. The arrival of Farhad Moshiri earlier in the year had promised exciting things in the transfer window but they failed to materialise. Big money was spent on Yannick Bolasie but the reality was that the Blues plugged the gaps with short-term options for this campaign. They had been expected to flex their muscles but the majority of the spending was done with the funds accrued from John Stones’ move to Manchester City. Yet, it was overlooked and excuses were made. Ronald Koeman and new Director of Football Steve Walsh were new to the club; even Moshiri hadn’t been around that long. Financial Fair Play rules were against us, etcetera. The
“Who are you protecting by not talking today?” asked a journalist as Arsene Wenger’s final post-match press conference of the season at Emirates Stadium came to a climatic end following Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Everton. The theme of Arsenal’s topsy-turvy season has indeed been contracts. From Alexis Sanchez to Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs to Wenger himself, the campaign has been clouded by a sense of uncertainty over the future of both players and the manager before eventually transmitting itself on the pitch as results have worsened and confirmation that Europa League football will be played in north London next season - on the red side this time.