Season Review: Arsenal – Chelsea

Written by on 06/07/2021

Welcome to The Final Ball Blog! This is where we’ll have a weekly detailed insight into the last week of sport for those of you who just couldn’t live by only listening to us for an hour a week!

 

And for the next few, as we’re bored of speaking about the season on the show, we’ll be moving onto the Season Review Series! A few teams will be mentioned in each blog and graded appropriately. Here goes!

 

Arsenal

There are many Arsenal fans that wish to ignore the first half of the season, but seeing as most of the solutions that they required were in the squad, it’s hard to be empathetic to Arteta in his first full season. The Europa League semi-final defeat is probably the moment that defines their attempt at progressing this season but with another mass exodus pending, who knows where this club will end up?

Moment of the Season: Europa League limp defeat

Player of the Season: Bukayo Saka

Grade: C-

Aston Villa

One of the few teams who seem to do better against the big clubs, Grealish FC can boast thrashing Liverpool, beating Arsenal, Spurs & Chelsea, and still managed to finish in the bottom half of the league. 3 months without Grealish had them unstable for a while but they’ve shown that there’s talent within the squad and with a few additions, there’s no reason why they can’t push for Europe next season (providing Grealish stays)

Moment of the Season: 7-2

Player of the Season: Jack Grealish

Grade: C+

Brighton

The hipster club have dominated the stat charts without causing too much of a dent in the league but it does finally feel like Brighton are an established Premier League club. The emergence of Bissouma & Ben White will attract the bigger clubs but Graham Potter will be more focused on finding someone who sticks the ball in the onion bag. Expect more hipster signings and another season of dominating possession with 6 foot centre backs

 

Moment of the Season: Beating Citeh

Player of the Season: Yves Bissouma

Grade: C+

 

Burnley

Another miracle survival, Burnley started and ended badly, with a few Dyche “super-scalps” in the middle keeping them in the league. And even the new owners haven’t added any hype to this team. With the number of clubs without a manager that should be screaming out for a manager like Dyche and could give him the transfer funds that he could only dream of. They’ve survived another year but you feel like it’s only a matter of time before this wave ends.

Moment of the Season: Winning at Anfield

Player of the Season: Can Dyche claim this? (Ben Mee)

Grade: D-

 

Chelsea

The most bipolar season of all, spending £200 million wasn’t even seen as a big deal whilst Lampard was at the helm, and at the same time, winning the UCL was never on the agenda until Tuchel arrived. A poor finish to the league and losing the FA cup has all be forgotten behind what turned out to be a comfortable UCL final win along with the eventual limp to 4th place. Expect the spending spree to continue but as shown in West London every 18 months, there’s always a point where the squad balance or players not getting game time upsets the Abramovich applecart and he pushes the big red button, and with Hudson-Odoi & Abraham unsure of their futures, the next year won’t be a quiet one at Stamford Bridge

Moment of the Season: UCL winners obv

Player of the Season: Mason Mount

Grade: A-


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