So after 38 games and twists and turns aplenty, Manchester City have been crowned the Premier League champions for the second time in their history after beating West Ham.
It just wasn’t to be for Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool, who, despite beating Newcastle 2-1, ultimately lost the title thanks to slip-ups against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Arsenal were on top of the table for 128 days, and it is the Gunners’ back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (3.5) who makes it between the sticks today. It was a quiet game for the Pole but he made two crucial stops to earn his side a clean sheet.
There were strong performances from Nathaniel Clyne and Bacary Sagna at right-back, but Cesar Azpilicueta (3.5) gets the nod ahead of them due to his contant attacking forrays, an asset that has turned him into one of Mourinho’s favourites.
At the heart of the defence we have Southampton star Dejan Lovren (4), whose composure and strength shackled Robin van Persie for Manchester United.
Vincent Kompany (4) was at his talismanic best against West Ham as City wrapped up the title. His strength in attack and defence is priceless for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and again he provided a reminder of how integral he is to his club’s success with a goal and all-round fine display.
It was a special day for Carl Jenkinson (4), who scored his first goal for Arsenal, and he completes our back four due to his attacking tenacity and enthusiasm, qualities that the youngster will be hoping to demonstrate more regularly next season.
His Gunners team-mate Aaron Ramsay (4) is the first name in our three-man midfield. His audacious volley helped Arsenal on their way to a win over Norwich, which further provoked questions of how differently the club’s campaign would have been had the Welshman remained fit for the entire season.
Next to Ramsay we have James McCarthy (4.5), whose excellent display against Hull earned him the highest player rating of the weekend. The Irishman scored his first Everton goal, and he again showed how valuable he has become to Roberto Martinez and to the Toffees’ progression.
Completing the trio is Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard (4). It may be a season defined by a slip, but the iconic midfielder proved again how effective he can be in the quarter-back role, particularly from set-pieces; he turned the Reds’ game on its head with two identical assists from free kicks.
The first of our three forwards is in-form Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle (4). It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the youngster, who inspired the Eagles to a 3-3 draw against Liverpool last Monday and scored two goals against relegated Fulham here. After his surprise move from Peterborough last summer he has started to show Tony Pulis that he can be a key player in the seasons to come.
Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku (4) earns his place in this week’s team after a well taken goal helped his Everton side to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull. His goal typified the power and precision that he has demonstrated so often this season, and serves as a reminder of his importance to Roberto Martinez’s hugely encouraging debut campaign.
Emmanuel Adebayor (4) completes the side after forcing Nathan Baker into conceding an own goal before slotting home a penalty to give Spurs a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa. His early energy set the tone for Tottenham’s approach to the rest of the game, while his physicality and skill proved too much for the Villa defence.