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Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

Everton 3-0 Norwich

Manchester United vs Bournemouth abandoned

Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke 2-1 West Ham

Swansea 1-1 Manchester City

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

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That is it for this live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction and further updates from that worrying situation at Old Trafford as we get them.

We will be back on Wednesday night to bring you live coverage of the Europa League final between holders Sevilla and Liverpool at St Jakob-Park in Basel. Until then, goodbye.

Southampton will be overtaken by United if Louis van Gaal's side earn at least a draw against Bournemouth, but they are now guaranteed a top-six finish and a place in the Europa League after securing their highest ever top-flight points total.

West Ham cross the line in seventh and will need the Red Devils to win the FA Cup to qualify for Europe's secondary club competition. Liverpool finish eighth, ahead of Stoke and Chelsea.

So Arsenal end up above Tottenham for a 21st successive year thanks to a thumping victory combined with their rivals' shocking display at Newcastle. It has been a testing campaign for the Gunners that has seen increasingly disgruntled fans mount protests against Arsene Wenger's leadership, but it's worth noting that is their highest finish since 2005.

Manchester City all but secure that final Champions League spot after avoiding defeat at Swansea, unless United can beat Bournemouth 14-0 when the two teams do eventually square off later this month.

Leicester's margin of superiority over the rest of the division ended up at 10 points following that hard-fought draw at Chelsea. Incredible.


Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

Everton 3-0 Norwich

Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke 2-1 West Ham

Swansea 1-1 Manchester City

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

Southampton further hammer home their advantage over Palace and substitute Arteta bids farewell to Arsenal after five years and 150 appearances to add to Villa's misery.

Despite being on top at Stoke, West Ham concede a late winner as Diouf heads in from a Charlie Adam corner.

Goal: Stoke 2-1 West Ham (Mame Biram Diouf)

Goal: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa (Mikel Arteta)

Goal: Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace (Steven Davis)

An utterly incredible collapse from Tottenham, who now trail by four goals away to relegated Newcastle despite their numerical advantage.

Aarons powers home the fourth after Townsend smashes the woodwork and then feeds right-back Janmaat on the counter for another in quick succession.

The perfect goodbye for Benitez, or will this convince him to stick around?

Goal: Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham (Daryl Janmaat)

Goal: Newcastle 4-1 Tottenham (Rolando Aarons)

Drinkwater, who made his England debut against the Netherlands in March, enhances his stock ahead of tomorrow's squad announcement with a superb long-range leveller in west London.

Goal: Chelsea 1-1 Leicester (Danny Drinkwater)

A quickfire brace from Giroud gives the Frenchman a hat-trick and surely cements Arsenal's grip on second place. A chant of "Tottenham Hotspur, it's happened again" rings out around the Emirates. Spurs have not finished above their rivals since 1995.

Palace's hopes of claiming a point at Southampton look to have been ended by Bertrand's powerful penalty, which was won by Mane.

Goal: Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa (Olivier Giroud)

Goal: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace (Ryan Bertrand)

Goal: Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa (Olivier Giroud)

Puncheon gives Palace late hope on the south coast with a blistering effort. 10-man Newcastle then restore their two-goal lead over Tottenham as Wijnaldum sends Lloris the wrong way from the spot for his second of the afternoon.

The penalty came after Sissoko took a tumble under pressure from Jan Vertonghen and Eriksen. Any contact there was minimal at best.

Goal: Newcastle 3-1 Tottenham (Georginio Wijnaldum)

Goal: Southampton 2-1 Crystal Palace (Jason Puncheon)

The combative Mitrovic has been sailing fairly close to the wind all afternoon and is now deservedly dismissed for a shocking, studs-up challenge on Walker. He doesn't want to go quietly.

Red card: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle)

Pelle rises to apply the finishing touch to a Cuco Martina cross at St Mary's. Fabregas' opener from the penalty spot for Chelsea came after Nemanja Matic was fouled by N'Golo Kante.

Goal: Chelsea 1-0 Leicester (Cesc Fabregas)

Goal: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace (Graziano Pelle)

Watford equalise once again. Captain Deeney makes no mistake from 12 yards after Jose Manuel Jurado is brought down by a combination of John O'Shea and Lamine Kone.

Tottenham also reduce the deficit on Tyneside. Eric Dier tees up Lamela, who powers a shot from a difficult angle that beats Darlow at his near post. Poor goalkeeping.

Goal: Newcastle 2-1 Tottenham (Erik Lamela)

Goal: Watford 2-2 Sunderland (Troy Deeney)

West Ham drop below Southampton into sixth after conceding an equaliser at Stoke. Imbula, who arrived at the Britannia Stadium from Porto in January for a club-record £18.3m fee, fires a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Goal: Stoke 1-1 West Ham (Giannelli Imbula)

Sunderland have looked very goal-shy for much of a difficult campaign, but they just can't stop scoring at the moment. Just four minutes after being pegged back, Sam Allardyce's side restore their advantage through Lens.

Goal: Watford 1-2 Sunderland (Jeremain Lens)

Watford are back on level terms against Sunderland thanks to Prodl's header from an Adlene Guedioura corner. Norwich's one-year stay back in the Premier League is ending with a whimper as Mirallas turns home from close range.

Goal: Everton 3-0 Norwich (Kevin Mirallas)

Goal: Watford 1-1 Sunderland (Sebastian Prodl)

Pochettino demonstrates his unhappiness with that first-half performance by making two changes at the break. Tom Carroll and Josh Onomah have come on for Ryan Mason and Heung-Min Son.


So, as it stands at the moment, Arsenal will claim second place ahead of Tottenham. A draw would be enough for City to cement fourth by virtue of their superior goal difference. West Ham have risen to fifth and Southampton are up into sixth courtesy of Manchester United's match being abandoned. Liverpool are eighth.

Sky Sports are now suggesting that a rescheduled encounter between United and Bournemouth is unlikely to take place until after the FA Cup final on Saturday 21 May.


Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea 0-0 Leicester

Everton 2-0 Norwich

Newcastle 2-0 Tottenham

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Stoke 0-1 West Ham

Swansea 1-1 Manchester City

Watford 0-1 Sunderland

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

Some very suspect goalkeeping from the experienced Julian Speroni allows Mane to edge Southampton ahead against FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace.

Goal: Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace (Sadio Mane)

Everton double their lead from the spot through Baines after a soft foul from Robbie Brady on Romelu Lukaku is punished with the award of a penalty.

City have also been pegged back in South Wales. A free-kick from Ayew deflects off Fernando and in. Nicolas Otamendi was booked for his challenge on Leon Britton.

Goal: Swansea 1-1 Manchester City (Andre Ayew)

Goal: Everton 2-0 Norwich (Leighton Baines)

The feelgood factor at Sunderland continues unabated. Rodwell gives them the lead at Vicarage Road before Duncan Watmore sees an effort ruled out for offside.

Not what Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores would have had in mind for his final game at the helm.

Goal: Watford 0-1 Sunderland (Jack Rodwell)

Another dangerous delivery from the right looks to cause Tottenham problems before Lloris takes out both Mitrovic and Walker during his attempts to punch clear. Play is immediately stopped, but both appear to fine continue.

At the other end, Karl Darlow makes his first save of the afternoon by standing firm at the front post to beat away a fierce drive from Eriksen.

Newcastle may be heading back to the Championship for the second time in seven years, but they look set to finish their Premier League stay in style. January signing Andros Townsend, who could well be named in the England squad tomorrow, launches a swift counter-attack down the right-hand flank.

He feeds Moussa Sissoko, who produces a marvellous cross that Mitrovic powerfully heads home after arriving before Walker.

They could have done with this sort of effort at Aston Villa last weekend.

Goal: Newcastle 2-0 Tottenham (Aleksandar Mitrovic)

Walker bludgeons a shot into row z, an act which just about sums up how truly lacklustre this first-half performance has been from Tottenham. Uncharacteristically sluggish.


It's all a bit quiet at Newcastle, where a plane has just flown over St James' Park carrying a banner that reads "Auf wiedersehen Prem, Tyne to go".

Ouch indeed.


Still goalless between Chelsea and champions Leicester. The home supporters at Stamford Bridge have engaged in rapturous applause and a 26th-minute tribute to captain John Terry, who is currently considering the offer of a new one-year contract extension ahead of Antonio Conte's arrival as manager.


A Manuel Lanzini corner proves profitable for West Ham as Antonio controls Winston Reid's header before beating Shay Given. Slaven Bilic's side have leapfrogged Manchester United into fifth.

Ibe has drawn Liverpool level at West Brom.

Goal: West Brom 1-1 Liverpool (Jordon Ibe)

Goal: Stoke 0-1 West Ham (Michail Antonio)

Newcastle break the deadlock after Mitrovic's knockdown is fired beyond Hugo Lloris and into the bottom corner by Dutch international Wijnaldum. As it stands, Arsenal are set to finish second.

The post-Martinez era is off to a positive start at Goodison Park, where McCarthy has given Everton the lead over relegated Norwich.

Goal: Everton 1-0 Norwich (James McCarthy)

Goal: Newcastle 1-0 Tottenham (Georginio Wijnaldum)

A Liverpool side showing 11 changes ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final in Basel fall behind at The Hawthorns. Rondon nets after impressive work by 17-year-old Jonathan Leko.

Speaking of whom...


Goal: West Brom 1-0 Liverpool (Salomon Rondon)


BREAKING: Manchester United vs Bournemouth has been abandoned before kick-off


Arsenal strike an early blow as Giroud heads in Nacho Monreal's cross for only his second goal in 17 Premier League matches. City have also taken a big step towards securing fourth place courtesy of impressive young striker Iheanacho, who taps home after Kristoffer Nordfeldt had saved from Sergio Aguero.

Goal: Swansea 0-1 Manchester City (Kelechi Iheanacho)

Goal: Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa (Olivier Giroud)

An early shot from Kyle Walker is blocked and Christian Eriksen slices a left-footed effort well over the crossbar.

Harry Kane then looks to roll marker Chancel Mbemba before firing wide.

IBTimes UK colleague Jason Murdock has more on that stadium evacuation at Old Trafford.

We are underway in our feature game at St James' Park. Updates from across the league to follow.

We are hearing that kick-off may be delayed between Manchester United and Bournemouth after fans were evacuated from two stands at Old Trafford.

More on that from IBTimes UK very shortly.

West Brom vs Liverpool

West Brom: Foster; Olsson, Yacob, Evans, Gardner, McClean, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Rondon, Leko

Subs: Myhill, Chester, Lambert, Berahino, Sandro, Roberts, Field

Liverpool: Bogdan, Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Smith, Stewart, Allen, Brannagan, Ibe, Ojo, Benteke

Subs: Mignolet, Henderson, Ilori, Ings, Randall, Canos, Chirivella

Watford vs Sunderland

Watford: Gomes, Cathcart, Britos, Prodl, Ake, Abdi, Guedioura, Watson, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo

Subs: Pantilimon, Nyom, Paredes, Suarez, Anya, Berghuis, Amrabat

Sunderland: Pickford, Yedlin, Robson, O'Shea, Kone, Larsson, Rodwell, Lens, Watmor, Greenwood, N'Doye

Subs: Mannone, Jones, Brown, Defoe, M'Vila, Honeyman, Khazri

Stoke vs West Ham

Stoke: Given, Cameron, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Walters, Arnautovic, Imbula, Krkic, Joselu

Subs: Haugaard, Bardsley, Muniesa, Adam, Diouf, Shaqiri, Crouch

West Ham: Randolph, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Lanzini, Sakho, Carroll

Subs: Spiegel, Byram, Collins, Obiang, Moses, Emenike, Valencia

Southampton vs Crystal Palace

Southampton: Forster, Marina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, S. Davis, Wanyama, Romeu, Tadic, Mane, Long

Subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Pelle, Austin

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Souare, Mutch, McArthur, Jedinak, Puncheon, Gayle, Adebayor

Subs: McCarthy, Dann, Kelly, Lee, Gray, Kaikai,Campbell

Everton sacked manager Roberto Martinez after three years following that hefty loss at the Stadium of Light and are today led by a makeshift team of David Unsworth and Joe Royle. Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard is recalled to make his 414th and final appearance before joining the Colorado Rapids this summer.

Young duo Thomas Davies and Kieran Dowell make their full debuts. Captain Phil Jagielka is also back.

Everton vs Norwich

Everton: Howard, Baines, Stones, Jagielka, Pennington, Barry, McCarthy, Davies, Mirallas, Lukaku, Dowell

Subs: Joel, Lennon, Cleverley, Barkley, Osman, Connolly, Kenny

Norwich: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Olsson, Redmond, Dorrans, O'Neil, Jarvis, Naismith, Jerome

Subs: Rudd, Whittaker, Bassong, Brady, Hoolahan, Andreu, Odjidja

Chelsea, who will treat their successors as champions to a traditional guard of honour this afternoon, welcome back Thibaut Courtois after a virus and Branislav Ivanovic following groin issues. Asmir Begovic and John Obi Mikel make way. Diego Costa is missing due to a recurrence of his long-standing hamstring problem, while Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy remain unavailable.

For the Foxes, Danny Drinkwater returns from suspension in place of Marc Albrighton and Demarai Gray also comes in for Shinji Okazaki. Robert Huth is banned.

Chelsea vs Leicester

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Traore

Subs: Begovic, Tomori, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Pato, Abraham

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs, Kante, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Vardy, Gray

Subs: Schwarzer, Chilwell, Amartey, Albrighton, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa

Pochettino replaces left-back Danny Rose with Ben Davies in Tottenham's only change. Midfielders Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele are suspended, while Nabil Bentaleb is still recovering from knee surgery.

Rafael Benitez swaps three for Newcastle ahead of what could be his final match in charge on Tyneside, bringing back Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor and Aleksandar Mitrovic in place of the injured Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles and Papiss Cisse.

First-choice goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are both dealing with serious knee injuries. Skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Massadio Haidara remain out.

Newcastle vs Tottenham

Newcastle: Darlow, Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

Subs: Woodman, Sterry, Shelvey, Aarons, De Jong, Perez, Cisse

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Mason, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Rose, Wimmer, Carroll, Chadli, Onomah, Njie

As for Villa, who have won three top-flight matches and accumulated just 17 points during a truly wretched season in the West Midlands, Alan Hutton is out with a calf complaint and centre-back Ciaran Clark has an ankle injury.

20-year-old Jordan Lyden comes in at right-back, with fellow academy graduate Kevin Toner shifting into the heart of defence and Aly Cissokho starting on the left. Long-term absentee Jordan Amavi, Kieran Richardson and Jordan Veretout are sidelined, but striker Rudy Gestede is listed as a substitute after returning to training.

Arsene Wenger makes four changes to the side that drew 2-2 at Manchester City last weekend. Mesut Ozil returns from a minor thigh problem to replace Danny Welbeck, who has been ruled out for up to nine months as a result of significant cartilage damage in his knee suffered at the Etihad Stadium.

In midfield, Jack Wilshere has one more chance to stake his claim for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016, which is set to be named tomorrow. Aaron Ramsey drops out, while Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi are replaced by Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.

Jack Wilshere
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Per Mertesacker remain absent. Club captain Mikel Arteta could come off the bench to make his final appearance before his contract expires this summer.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Arteta, Elneny, Ramsey, Campbell, Iwobi

Aston Villa: Bunn, Lyden, Lescott, Toner, Cissokho, Sanchez, Westwood, Gana, Bacuna, Ayew, Sinclair

Subs: Guzan, Richards, Adama, Gil, Hepburn-Murphy, Grealish, Gestede

Only table-toppers Leicester (first), survival specialists Sunderland (17th) and rock-bottom Villa (20th) are certain of their final finishing positions, so the rest of today's matches are simply about pride and earning a more generous slice of prize money.

Team news to follow very shortly.

With Leicester having completed one of the most incredible feats in sporting history with two matches to spare and Sunderland's emphatic 3-0 victory over Everton in midweek condemning Newcastle and Norwich to the drop, the two main issues in the Premier League have already been settled in advance of this weekend.

That is not to say that this afternoon's matches are devoid of excitement and intrigue, however. As well as the race for second and a battle between the two Manchester clubs to snag that final spot in the top four and a place in the play-off round of the Champions League, there is also a five-way fight for Europa League qualification involving either City or United in addition to West Ham, Southampton and Liverpool.

As IBTimes UK sport editor Nick Howson helpfully explains...

A win for West Ham at Stoke City will ensure they finish somewhere in that top six. They can go above United if they fail to beat Bournemouth, and ensure they start life at the Olympic Stadium having achieved their highest top flight finish for 17 years.

Ronald Koeman's Southampton lie in wait should either team slip up. Just two points behind West Ham and three adrift of United, with a better goal difference, they themselves can go fifth by beating Palace at St Mary's, as long as United lose and West Ham fail to win. Liverpool can at least guarantee themselves a European place before the Europa League final against Sevilla, by finishing in the top six if they overcome West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The Merseysiders would however need West Ham to lose at the Britannia Stadium and Southampton to fail to overcome Palace. As previously mentioned, seventh will be good enough for a European place so long as Liverpool don't finish there and then win the Europa League on Wednesday, 18 May, which would see them qualify for the Champions League. The Premier League would lose a European place as a result. Saints and West Ham will avoid that scenario if they win their respective games.

Following a swift rise to prominence under Mauricio Pochettino that saw the club emerge as legitimate title contenders, Tottenham currently sit second but a run of three matches without victory handed the trophy on a plate to Leicester and has also seen Arsenal narrow the gap to just two points.

If they were to lose at St James' Park today and Arsenal beat sorry Villa, then the Gunners would once again retain bragging rights and extend their lengthy run of finishing above Spurs to 21 years. However, a point would be enough for Pochettino's men regardless of the result at the Emirates Stadium due to their goal difference, which is superior by 13.

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's final live Premier League coverage of the season as a truly extraordinary and remarkably unpredictable campaign draws to a close.

Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger
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We will keep you fully up to date with all the twists and turns from around the grounds, with a specific focus here on the race for second between bitter north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as they go head-to-head with two Championship-bound teams in relegated Aston Villa and Newcastle.