Man City's title, Chelsea's coaching among season-end EPL impressions
Following Man City's dramatic triumph, here are several thoughts from the end of the EPL season.
Remove the drama involving Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, the injuries and suspensions that ruled out Vincent Kompany (10 games) and Joleon Lescott (nine), and add in a few new signings, including possibly Eden Hazard, and City has a squad that can challenge for the Champions League. That has to be the next target for Mancini. As for United, to reach 89 points is a superb achievement by coach Sir Alex Ferguson, not that he will see it that way today.
The bidding war for the 2013-16 rights will begin soon, and with Al-Jazeera expected to enter the fray, the figures are expected to be stratospheric. Given the craziness of this season, is it really that far-fetched to think that England's sixth-best team could win the Champions League?
Although both, particularly Arteta, played a part this season, Wenger's call now looks like the wrong one. The closest we'll ever get to an admission is that his approach this summer is markedly different: Lukas Podolski is already onboard and Yann M'Vila is expected to follow soon. Securing a place in the Champions League group stages does help with early planning, and with Steve Bould also confirmed as new assistant coach, some players set to leave to reduce the wage-bill and Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby hopefully fit for the new season, this should be an encouraging summer for Arsenal.
There's only one thing left for Wenger to achieve: persuade Robin van Persie to stay. Unfortunately for Gunners fans, that seems unlikely that will happen.