Premier League — 20 May 2013

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny scored Arsenal's only goal at NewcastleThe last day of the Premier League season saw Arsenal clinch the fourth Champions League spot and Tottenham miss out.

The Gunners won 1-0 at Newcastle to confirm fourth place in the Premier League this season. The only goal of the game came on 52 minutes.

Santi Cazorla’s corner kick was nodded towards goal by Lukas Podolski and centre-back Laurent Koscielny volleyed superbly past Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal on his last ever Magpies appearance. The one goal was enough to ensure the victory needed for fourth position.

Tottenham left it late to win their home game with ten-men Sunderland 1-0.

The home side were frustrated for much of the clash at White Hart Lane. Their cause was given a helping hand on 75 minutes, as Black Cats midfielder David Vaughan was shown a red card, after committing his second bookable offence.

The Spurs winner arrived in the 90th minute and it was almost inevitable that star player Gareth Bale scored the goal. The Welshman picked up the ball on the wing, cut inside and produced a fantastic swerving effort past Simon Mignolet from 25 yards.

The goal sparked wild celebrations, but the effort meant little because of Arsenals victory in the north east.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge of Manchester United ended in an incredible 5-5 draw at West Brom. United took an early lead through Shinji Kagawa, before Jonas Olsson put past his own keeper to make it two.

Full-back Alexander Buttner made it three on the half-hour mark, but the Baggies got a goal back just before half-time through James Morrison. Substitute Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit early in the second half, only for goals from Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie to extend the away sides lead.

The Baggies produced an incredible comeback with three goals in the last ten minutes through a Lukaku brace and Youssouf Mulumbu strike. It was an incredible end to Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial career.

Other Premier League results:

Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Liverpool 1-0 QPR
Manchester City 2-3 Norwich
Southampton 1-1 Stoke
Swansea 0-3 Fulham
West Ham 4-2 Reading
Wigan 2-2 Aston Villa

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