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Premier League, Week 38: Arsenal secure fourth despite Gareth Bale screamer

Gareth Bale scored a dramatic winner for Tottenham to put Arsenal under pressure, but the Gunners held on for a win at St. James' Park to secure fourth place. In Alex Ferguson's final game, West Brom and Manchester United played out a 10-goal thriller.

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EPL Final Day Wrap

After nine months of soccer the English Premier League season came to a close today with a relative whimper compared to the wild close last year.


Spurs do their part, but still fall short

A Gareth Bale-inspired 1-0 win turned out not to matter after Arsenal's win at Newcastle consigned them to fifth place.


Arsenal secure top four

While Gareth Bale scored late at White Hart Lane and Newcastle put Arsenal under pressure at the end, the result always looked like a comfortable one for the Gunners, who secured Champions League football.


Ferguson era ends with crazy ten-goal thriller

Alex Ferguson's last game in charge of Manchester United was an absolutely bonkers game of football at the Hawthorns, where West Brom came from three goals behind to ruin the party courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick.


Champions League place scenarios

With everything else of note already decided, we turn our attention to the one points of interest on this final day in the EPL, the battle for Champions League spots.


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland: Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur need to beat Sunderland in order to have any chance of beating Arsenal to the fourth and final Champions League spot. Fortunately, it's Sunderland and White Hart Lane, and the Black Cats have approximately nothing to play for after Wigan Athletic's midweek relegation. Seriously, their bench looks like it was selected via a random name generator.

So, expect an easy Spurs win, unless they find out Arsenal are losing, in which case they'll probably Spurs things up a bit.

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker; Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone; Gareth Bale, Clint Dempsey, Aaron Lennon; Emmanuel Adebayor.

Substitutes from: Brad Friedel, Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton, Moussa Dembele, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jermain Defoe.

Sunderland starting lineup (4-4-2): Simon Mignolet; Sebastian Larsson, Carlos Cuellar, John O'Shea, Jack Colback; James McClain, James Vaughan Alfred N'Diaye, Adam Johnson; Connor Wickham, Danny Graham.

Substitutes from: Kieran Westwood, Scott Harrison, Liam Marrs, Adam Mitchell, Billy Knott, Mikael Mandron, David Ferguson.


Arsenal vs. Newcastle United: Lineups

Arsenal have named Lukas Podolski up front as they look to get a win over Newcastle United and secure Champions League qualification.

Podolski starts up front with Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Santiago Cazorla behind, with Jack Wilshere dropped to the bench for the game. Kieran Gibbs also starts at left-back in place of Nacho Monreal.

Newcastle, meanwhile, name Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at left-back, with Papiss Cisse and Yoann Gouffran both starting up front. Veteran keeper Steve Harper, who plays his last game in a Newcastle shirt, will captain the side instead of Fabricio Coloccini as a farewell gesture.

Arsenal starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta; Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Santiago Cazorla; Lukas Podolski.

Newcastle United starting line-up (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa; Papiss Cisse, Yoann Gouffran.


West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United: Lineups

Michael Carrick captain's Alex Ferguson's last ever team selection as Manchester United manager as the team line up to face West Bromwich Albion.

Typically, there are plenty of surprises in United's team, who appear to line up in a midfield diamond. Antonio Valencia is also at right-back, with Alexander Buttner at left-back and young wonderkid Adnan Januzaj on the bench for the Red Devils. Javier Hernandez starts up front with Robin van Persie.

West Brom, meanwhile, have former United keeper Ben Foster in goal, and stick with their trusty midfield partnership of Claudio Yacob and Youssef Mulumbu, while Chris Brunt also returns to the side.

West Bromwich Albion starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Claudio Yacob, Youssef Mulumbu; Graham Dorrans, James Morrison, Chris Brunt; Shane Long.

Manchester United starting line-up (4-4-2 diamond): Anders Lindegaard; Alexander Buttner, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia; Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick (captain), Anderson; Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie.

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