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Ten highlights from the 2023/2024 season

The 2023/24 season was a rollercoaster ride filled with unexpected twists, record-breaking moments, and individual brilliance.

As we reflect on the campaign, here are ten of the most captivating highlights that kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the campaign.

Manchester City’s historic four-peat

The 2023/24 Premier League title race was one for the history books, with Manchester City and Arsenal going head-to-head for the coveted crown until the final day.

An attention-grabbing battle between student and master ended with Arsenal heartbroken as City beat West Ham United to clinch the title by two points.

Pep Guardiola’s side embarked on their traditional end-of-the-season surge, putting together an astonishing 23-match unbeaten streak to etch their names in Premier League history.

Their exceptional level of consistency and dominance, especially in the second half of the season, has become their hallmark in recent years, and you wouldn’t put it past them to make it five in a row next term.

Arsenal will be hoping to spoil City’s party at the third time of asking next season, and fans can follow their progress from day one when they buy Arsenal tickets from seatsnet.com.

Manchester United’s FA Cup triumph

Manchester United locked horns with local rivals City in the FA Cup final for a second consecutive season, seeking redemption for last season’s defeat at Wembley Stadium.

The importance of leaving Wembley with a win wasn’t lost on the Red Devils, who endured their worst-ever Premier League campaign by finishing outside the European places in eighth.

United needed to dispatch their “noisy neighbours” at Wembley to secure a place in the Europa League next season, and they duly obliged, defying the odds to claim a 2-1 win.

Erik ten Hag’s side had a rollercoaster journey to Wembley. But their dramatic 4-3 quarter-final win over Liverpool stands out as a defining moment in their FA Cup-winning campaign.

Aston Villa’s back-to-back wins over Arsenal & City

Aston Villa were the surprise package of the 2023/24 season after securing a top-four finish to ensure their return to the Champions League for the first time in over four decades.

The Lions were locked in a fierce race with Tottenham Hotspur for a large chunk of the season, but they pipped their north London counterparts to a fourth-placed finish by two points.

Villa completed the historic achievement despite having to navigate plenty of obstacles, especially their Thursday-Sunday schedule with an injury-hit squad.

December’s back-to-back wins against title contenders City and Arsenal at Villa Park were standout moments for the Villans, which solidified their credentials as top-four contenders.

Postecoglou’s meltdown after Tottenham v City

Tottenham’s penultimate league clash against City was perhaps the most eye-catching fixture of the season, mostly due to the narrative surrounding the match.

Spurs needed a win to keep their top-four hopes alive, but that meant handing capital rivals Arsenal a huge boost in their title challenge, paving the way for a blockbuster contest.

The majority of Spurs fans preferred to see their team lose to City and miss out on top four rather than helping their north London foes to the title.

That didn’t go down well with manager Ange Postecoglou, who was left fuming in his post-match press conference, slamming the club’s “fragile foundation” after his side fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Chelsea 4-1 Tottenham

Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Tottenham back in November will go down as a Premier League classic. It had everything from red cards to disallowed goals to injuries to mind-boggling tactical decisions.

The VAR was called into action on several occasions in a match that saw five goals disallowed, while Spurs also had Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie sent off.

Despite being reduced to nine men, Postecoglou instructed his backline to maintain a ludicrous high line and was made to rue that decision as his side were put to the sword by a 20-minute Nicolas Jackson hat-trick.

Alejandro Garnacho’s wondergoal vs Everton

There were plenty of remarkable goals scored during the historic 2023/24 season, but Alejandro Garnacho’s jaw-dropping overhead kick against Everton was the pick of the bunch.

The Argentine sensation was teed up by Diogo Dalot before unleashing a Wayne Rooney-esque overhead kick to beat Jordan Pickford, drawing appreciation from both sets of fans.

It was outrageous to even attempt it, but he had the impeccable technique to stick it in the top corner. The goal was voted the 2023/24 Budweiser Goal of the Season.

Moises Caicedo’s extraordinary strike vs Bournemouth

Moises Caicedo was late to the goal-of-the-season challenge. But his extraordinary strike from the halfway line in Chelsea’s final game against Bournemouth was certainly one of the best goals of the season.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto raced out of goal to deny the onrushing Raheem Sterling, but his clearance found its way to Caicedo.

The Ecuadorian unleashed an effort from over 50 yards out into an empty net to send a packed Stamford Bridge into a frenzy.

Caicedo’s goal (50.5 yards out) was the furthest scored in a Premier League match since Rooney’s 57.7-yard strike for Everton in November 2017 against West Ham United.

Tom Lockyer survives death scare thanks to exceptional medical staff

Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer collapsed after a cardiac arrest during December’s Premier League match against Bournemouth.

After he was resuscitated by the exceptional work of the medical staff, Lockyer said he was “technically dead” for two minutes and 40 seconds.

The 29-year-old made an emotional return to Kenilworth Road six weeks later and received the warmest standing ovation from the entire stadium.

Cole Palmer’s stunning debut season

Cole Palmer hadn’t scored a Premier League goal before Chelsea decided to fork out £42.5 million to lure him to Stamford Bridge, and it proved to be a masterstroke.

The 22-year-old finished the 2023/24 season as Chelsea’s top performer, notching 22 goals and 11 assists in 34 Premier League games, winning six awards.

No one envisioned Palmer would have such an impact at Stamford Bridge. But the England international was the lynchpin of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and almost single-handedly secured a European finish for the Blues.

No player had more Premier League goals and assists than the ex-City prodigy, whose 33-goal contribution was also the most by a Chelsea player since Eden Hazard in 2018/19.

Klopp’s underwhelming swansong

Jurgen Klopp departed Liverpool as a hero and a club legend, but his final act didn’t exactly go according to script.

After announcing his exit mid-season, Liverpool embarked on a spell-binding run of form that raised Klopp’s hopes of leaving the club as a quadruple-winner.

Those dreams faded into despair after an end-of-season capitulation that saw them eliminated from the FA Cup and Europa League at the quarter-final stage before finishing third in the Premier League.

However, there was still some measure of delight from a somewhat underwhelming season as they beat Chelsea to clinch an unprecedented 10th Carabao Cup title.

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