A couple of weeks have gone since my last post, and a lot has happened since the Premier league restart. With games on basically every day, I decided it was best to leave breaks in between my posts and come back on Fridays to recap what's gone on. Let's have a look back at the major talking points.
Well firstly, of course, Liverpool were crowned champions. Congratulations to them on that. Fully deserved, no matter what opposition fans say. There's no asterisk next to their title, they won this fair and square. They've had a few iffy performances since, including that drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, but honestly, they won't care. They've waited 30 years for this moment. The come down and relief must have been massive. A dip in performances is completely normal, and although they may be targeting the points record, it is impossible to continue at the same level they played at all season when they have been so desperate to clinch their first Premier League title.
Manchester United continue to roll on in the league with a number of thumping wins. Performances have been much improved in the last few games, and the impact Bruno Fernandes has made is monumental. The playmaker has been ridiculous since joining in January, and practically single-handedly got United playing good football. They have been impressive and are playing some of their best football in years. However, I have always believed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the man for United and is a very average manager and nothing has changed my view. A couple of wins against the likes of Norwich and Brighton and Bournemouth at the tail end of the season really isn't gong to sway my view. The upturn of form has been down to Fernandes. Let's see what happens when the pressure is on at the start of a new season and they have to take on some teams who aren't destined for the Championship.
Chelsea and Leicester continue to battle it out with the previously mentioned team for a place in the Champions League next season. To be honest, the remaining fixtures may actually be irrelevant if Manchester City get a ban from the competition, but they are not to know that yet. Chelsea have been pretty decent of late. Well, offensively. Christian Pulisic has been superb and I am a massive fan of his. Reminds me of Eden Hazard, and that is a huge complement. However, defensively, they continue to be really shoddy. I actually think the Foxes will miss out on top four. I don't really rate Brendan Rodgers, but they did well to accumulate lots of points at the start of the season. However, they've come back down to earth massively in the latter half, and with a number of bad results meaning I think they now face the prospect of missing out. Will be an exciting finish though.
I'm glad to say Arsenal have had an upturn in performance and results, and I am very pleased with what I have been seeing. The Gunners under Arteta (barring a pair of bad results against Manchester City and Brighton recently) have shown marked improvement and things are undoubtedly heading in the right direction. And that's most noticeable with the defending. The defence has been so much more solid and they have defended as a team superbly. It's impressive Arteta has been able to do this with the group of defenders he has. I honestly do think Arteta is the right man to take Arsenal back to the top. And in Bukayo Saka, they have a very special talent. Arsenal have done terrifically well to tie him down to a new contract, and they will be hoping that he can help them in their quest for European football.
The relegation picture seems to be getting a lot clearer. Pretty much all four teams at the bottom of the table have been poor since the restart, but I think we are beginning to see which teams are doomed. Norwich City are goners. Aston Villa will need a minor miracle to get out of this one, and the players are cutting defeated figures. Although West Ham are among the bottom teams, I fancy that they have a little too much quality and should stay up with the players they have. This leaves Watford and Bournemouth. Watford's recent 2-1 win against Norwich was absolutely pivotal. Danny Welbeck's wonder goal could prove to be the goal that gives the Hornets enough to just about stay up. The Cherries on the other hand have been awful, and that 4-1 home loss to Newcastle sums up their season. It may still be tight, but I think the current bottom three are the three that will be in the Championship next season.
That's me done for today. I will likely be back next Friday for another recap. This weekly format will only be for this season as circumstances are evidently very different. See you next week.