Congratulations to Manchester City on a thoroughly deserved Premier League title. Also many, many congratulations to the donkeys at United for ruining the party last week only to roll over so pathetically against West Brom this weekend.
Southampton 2- Chelsea 3: Make no mistake, Chelsea were shocking in the first half here. But credit where credit is due, they showed fight in the second half to come from 2 goals down to win at St. Mary's. The last few weeks Chelsea have been playing like their season is already over. That may be the case in the Premier League, but it's still all to play for in the FA Cup where they face a rematch of this fixture on Sunday. Conte already has one foot out the door, but it would be a nice send off for him to win the FA Cup in his last game as Chelsea boss.
As for Southampton, they look as good as down. Would their fans take a Wigan 2013 end to their season? (Winning the FA Cup, relegated from the Premier League). It would take away some of the pain of relegation perhaps, but Southampton fans be warned Wigan have since been relegated a second time since 2013, and look a long, long way off being anywhere near back in the big time. A club of Southampton's stature should be Premier League steady eddies. It would be a shame to see them go down, but it seems like the last few seasons' managerial merry-go-round and shambolic transfer dealings have finally caught up with them.
Andy Carroll-- If only Big Andy could stay fit he would be a great Plan C for England at the World Cup. This was his first appearance since January, but he showed little sign of rustiness. With one swing of his colossal left foot, Carroll rescued a point for West Ham in injury time. He might not be everybody's cup of tea, but he is such a handful when fit and firing.
Player of the weekend:
Olivier Giroud-- I always felt that he was underappreciated and underrated at Arsenal. He is a goalscorer, and he showed exactly why Chelsea brought him in in January as he scored twice to lead the blues back from 2-0 down versus Southampton. He is my favorite type of striker in the sense that he can score all sorts of goals-- left foot, right foot, head, neat finishes, delicate flicks. You name it, he's probably scored it. I was shocked that so many Arsenal fans were glad to see the back of him. He's deservedly getting a run in the Chelsea team ahead of the struggling Morata, and he may (ironically) take the place of Lacazette in the France squad for the World Cup this summer.
Team of the weekend:
Arnold Kompany Long Delph
Ritchie De Bruyne Diame
Rodriguez Giroud Zaha