Week 38: Relegated Newcastle thrash Tottenham, Champions Leicester take point from Chelsea

Relegated Newcastle signed off on a disappointing season with a thumping 5-1 win over Tottenham, as Spurs surrendered second place to rivals Arsenal.

Giorgino Wijnaldum opened the scoring on 19 minutes as he tucked home into the bottom corner, before Aleksandar Mitrovic doubled the lead six minutes before the break as he headed home from Moussa Sissoko’s cross.

Tottenham fell to third place after an embarrassing defeat to relegated Newcastle image: 90min.com

Tottenham fell to third place after an embarrassing defeat to relegated Newcastle
image: 90min.com

Erik Lamela pulled one back for Spurs with a tight angled finish on the hour mark and despite Mitrovic being sent off for a dangerous tackle on Kyle Walker, Wijnaldum grabbed his second of the game from the penalty spot to restore the Magpies two-goal lead.

Rolando Aarons made it 4-1 on 85 minutes when he smashed the ball into the far top corner and just a minute later, Daryl Janmaat added a fifth as the right-back rolled the ball in at the far post.

Arsenal took advantage of that heavy defeat to snatch second place away from the North London rivals as a Olivier Giroud hat-trick inspired the Gunners to a 4-0 win over relegated Aston Villa.

Giroud’s header gave Arsenal an early lead on five minutes, before the Frenchman doubled Arsenal’s advantage on 78 minutes as he smashed the ball into the roof of the next from close range.

Giroud wrapped up his hat-trick on 80 minutes with another close-range finish before an unfortunate Mark Bunn own goal made it 4-0 in injury time when Mikel Arteta’s shot hit the crossbar and when it off the Aston Villa goalkeeper.

Man City have all but sealed fourth place and a place in the Champions League next season after Manuel Pellegrini’s final game in charge saw them held to a 1-1 draw in Swansea.

Kelechi Iheanacho gave the visitors the lead on five minutes as he pounced from close-range but Andre Ayew’s free-kick took a massive deflection off Fernando on the stroke of half-time as both side’s wrapped up their season with a point each.

Man United’s final home game against Bournemouth was abandoned 20 minutes before kick-off, after a suspect package was found, which later turned out to be a “training device” left behind by a private company.

The match has been rescheduled for 8pm on Tuesday evening and Man United will need an unlikely 19-goal win to snatch fourth place away from their rivals Man City.

Elsewhere, Danny Drinkwater rescued a point for Champions Leicester in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, while Southampton guaranteed themselves a Europa League place after a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Man City's point at Swsnsea was enough to seal fourth place image: theguardian.com

Man City’s point at Swansea was enough to seal fourth place
image: theguardian.com

Sunday 15 May

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa (Giroud 5, 78, 80, Arteta 90)
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester (Fabregas pen 66 | Drinkwater 82)
Everton 3-0 Norwich (McCarthy 19, Baines pen 44, Mirallas 48)
Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham (Wijnaldum 19, pen 73, Mitrovic 39, Aarons 85, Janmaat 86, Mitrovic s/o 67 | Lamela 60)
Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace (Mane 43, Pelle 61, Bertrand pen 75, Davis 87 | Puncheon 64)
Stoke 2-1 West Ham (Imbula 55, Diouf 88 | Antonio 83)
Swansea 1-1 Man City (Ayew 45 | Iheanacho 5)
Watford 2-2 Sunderland (Prodl 48, Deeney pen 61 | Rodwell 39, Lens 51)
West Brom 1-1 Liverpool (Rondon 13 | Ibe 23)

Tuesday 17 May

Man United 2-0 Bournemouth (Rooney 43, Rashford 74)

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