What an amazing season it’s been in the Premier League.
From Chelsea setting a record with 30 wins from 38 games to defending champions Leicester sacking the title-winning manager, the season has certainly had its fair share of drama.
John Dykes picks out his top 10 iconic moments of the just concluded season.
1. Antonio Conte celebrating any goal wildly with his assistants
One thing you can certainly say about Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is that he fits the bill when it comes to the Italian stereotype of passion.
Conte’s over-the-top goal celebrations were a memorable feature of his first season in management in the English top flight.
— Damien Davis (@BlueLions4Ever) May 13, 2017
2. Dele Alli doing one of his fancy handshakes with a teammate
While Conte’s goal celebrations were fun to watch, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli’s secret handshakes were rather more cringeworthy.
Only diehard Spurs fans could possibly enjoy watching these.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 13, 2017
3. “Wenger Out” banners and a confused looking Arsene
Arsene Wenger has a reputation for not seeing anything controversial when it involves one of his players, but there’s no denying the Frenchman saw the Wenger OUT! banner as it flew across Stoke recently.
His reaction however, was much harder to interpret.
Wenger definitely saw that one!
4. Claudio Ranieri looking crestfallen as the champions crumbled
One of the saddest stories of the season was the downfall of last year’s hero Claudio Ranieri.
The truth of what went wrong for the defending champions may not be known for several years, as rumours of players not performing as they sought to oust the popular Italian were never proven.
Still, it was sad to watch Claudio’s demise as his ‘Rome’ fell around him.
5. Wayne Rooney becoming Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer
It wasn’t a great season for Wayne Rooney – that is for sure – as he was usurped from the United frontline by the spritely young Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he can at least take some consolation from the fact that he broke Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record for the club, netting his 250th goal with a stunning free-kick against Stoke.
6. Jose Mourinho sullen in the foreground, Wayne Rooney sullen on the bench behind him
One of the more familiar sights for Rooney this season was the back of Jose Mourinho’s head as he spent most of his time warming the bench.
But you can fully understand both Rooney and Mourinho’s sullen expressions as they got a sample of some of what United’s fans had to endure this season.
7. Eden Hazard leaving Francis Coquelin on the ground as he scythed through Arsenal
Eden Hazard enjoyed a great season, but Chelsea fans particularly enjoyed him leaving Francis Coquelin in a spin as he scored a wonderful solo goal against the Gunners in February.
Goal of the season?
Eden Hazard slaloming run against Arsenal (ends Coquelin's career too) pic.twitter.com/Hcy0ZqbOG8
— Goals (@PremHighlightz) May 17, 2017
It’s probably fair to say, however, that it’s one moment that Coquelin would rather forget!
8. Farewell to White Hart Lane
Spurs said goodbye to their beloved White Hart Lane as it was demolished ahead of redevelopment after 118 years.
It was a party atmosphere, until everyone realised that they’ll be playing their home games at Wembley next season.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 14, 2017
9. David Moyes looking depressed, even at the start of the season
The former Everton and Man Utd boss has never been known for his sunny, happy-go-lucky demeanour, but even he surprised a few people when he started talking about a relegation battle just two weeks into the season.
Still, he turned out to be right! Although this fan may have a point!
Sunderland was always going to fail when David Moyes came out at the start of the season saying they are going to be fighting relegation
— Mete Coban (@metecoban92) October 29, 2016
10. John Terry’s guard of honour farewell
Touching gesture or over-the-top display of affection for Mr. Chelsea?
Love or hate John Terry, this is admittedly slightly emotional. The end of an era… ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/DvfY2WIKLw
— GRM Daily (@GRMDAILY) May 21, 2017
Whichever way you look at it, there’s no denying John Terry deserved a good send off after a stellar career at the very top of football. But taking him off in the 26th minute was perhaps a bit much!
All we can say is that it was a good job he didn’t play in the number five shirt!