EPL concluded Arsenal, Leicester misses out on the Continental games.

The 2020/2021 Premier League season was concluded on Sunday, May 23.

Manchester City, who has been confirmed champions for a while now, got to lift the trophy in front of their fans.

Pep Guardiola’s men rounded off the season with a 5-0 win over Everton.

However, the real drama was in the fight for two Champions League slots, with Manchester United assured of second place.

Leicester City failed to qualify for Europe’s top competition, thanks to a 4-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

It meant that the remaining two Champions League spots were taken by Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Blues lost 2-1 to Aston Villa, while the Reds saw off Crystal Palace 2-0.

Leicester and West Ham will play in the Europa League, while Spurs will compete in the newly created Europa Conference League.

Leicester blew the chance to qualify for the Champions League for just the second time in the club’s history as the Foxes lost 4-2 to Tottenham on Sunday.

Super Eagles players Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi play for Leicester and may also miss out of the Champions League.

Jamie Vardy twice put Brendan Rodgers’s men ahead from the penalty spot.

But Harry Kane, on what could be his final appearance for Spurs, a Kasper Schmeichel own goal and a late double from Gareth Bale secured seventh place in the Premier League for Tottenham and a place in next season’s Europa Conference League.

Leicester spent more days in the Premier League top four than any other club this season, but for the second consecutive year they fell away in the final weeks of the campaign to miss out on the riches and prestige of Champions League football.

Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa opened the door for the FA Cup winners to take advantage and move into fourth.

For much of a dramatic afternoon, it looked like Leicester would do just that as Vardy slotted home his first penalty on 18 minutes.

Kane is keen to move on from his boyhood club after Tottenham also missed out on the Champions League for a second straight year.

But the England captain secured the consolation prize of winning the Golden Boot as he slammed home his 23rd Premier League goal of the campaign four minutes before half-time.

Vardy was spot on again seven minutes into the second-half to put Leicester back in pole position to round off a fine season after lifting the FA Cup for the first time in their history last weekend.

Schmeichel was one of the heroes at Wembley eight days ago, but the Dane’s mistake cost his side dear with a place in the Champions League worth at least £60 million.

The Leicester captain flapped at a corner to punch the ball into his own net 14 minutes from time.

With the home side then chasing a winner, Bale struck twice in the final 10 minutes to also sign off his loan spell from Real Madrid on a high.

Leicester was furious Kane was not penalized for handball before he teed up the Welshman to slot into an unguarded goal.

Bale then tapped home his 16th goal of the season after his initial effort came off the post deep into stoppage time.

Kane had already apparently made his intentions clear before scoring his 23rd goal of the season at the King Power Stadium - a tally that gives him his third Premier League Golden Boot award.

The 27-year-old England captain has a 'gentleman's agreement' in place to leave the club - and has even formally asked to go according to reports.

Bale is likely to follow him out of the door, by the sounds of it, with the Welshman telling reporters after Sunday's two-goal match-winning display that he has decided his future but will not say until after Euro 2020 as it will "cause chaos".

Nicolas Pepe scored twice in the second half as Arsenal beat Brighton, only to be denied a place in Europe by Tottenham's fightback against Leicester.

A strong finish to the season moved the Gunners within a point of their north London rivals heading into the final day, and with Arsenal cruising after Pepe's double, they were set to snatch seventh place from Spurs.

Despite finishing the season with a fifth straight win, Arsenal were condemned to an eighth-place finish as Tottenham clinched a 4-2 victory at the King Power Stadium.

That result ends the Gunners' record of playing in Europe every season since 1995-96 and means they have not finished above Tottenham since 2016.

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, was in attendance and some of the 10,000 fans returning to Emirates Stadium held banners that read 'Kroenke out', with the club's involvement in the abandoned European Super League having intensified ill-feeling towards the board.

Fans also voiced their disapproval during the game and as news of Tottenham's win filtered through after the final whistle, a cruel blow after Arsenal thought they had salvaged something from what has been a lacklustre season.

Arsenal turnaround offers some encouragement

The mood at the final whistle was in stark contrast to that midway through the second half.

Arsenal were firmly on top, with Gabriel heading against the crossbar in the first half before Pepe controlled Calum Chambers' low ball into the Brighton box and fired right-footed past goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

Pepe then added his 16th goal of the season, stroking the ball inside the far post with his left foot after the recalled Martin Odegaard rolled the ball into his path on the right wing.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: "It wasn't in our hands. We tried to do our best, but it was not enough.

"This club deserves trophies and the Champions League and we haven't managed to do that in very challenging circumstances. Now we have to be critical of ourselves and prepare for next season in the best possible way.

"It is frustrating because last season with 61 points we [would have finished] fifth. Now we are eighth and that is the step that we have to identify.

"The level has gone so high so the only way to do it is to be much better next season and much more consistent, and this is the challenge ahead of us."

SUNDAY 23RD MAY 2021 EPL Score board.

Arsenal 2 Brighton 0; Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1; Fullham 0 Newcastle 2.

Leicester 2 Tottenham 4; Liverpool 2 Crystal Palace 0; Man City 5 Everton 0

Sheff Utd 1 Burnley 0; West Ham 3 Southampton 0; Wolves 1 Man United 2.

Leeds 3 West Brom 1.




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