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Top 5 surprises of the 2017-18 Premier League season

ANALYST
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3.55K   //    14 May 2018, 15:24 IST

Manchester City v Huddersfield Town - Premier League
Manchester City's league triumph is one of the best in the history of the Premier League

And yet another Premier League season has come to an end. It was Manchester City who lifted the precious trophy at the end of the season, while Swansea, Stoke and West Brom were relegated.

Mohamed Salah went home with the Golden Boot as his record-breaking goal tally of 32 was two better than Harry Kane. Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne was awarded the playmaker award for his 16 assists.

We also witnessed the emotional culmination of Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign at Arsenal. Considering the point that there is very less chance for the legendary manager to stay in England, truth be spoken he will be missed regardless of the teams we support. Merci Arsene.

As things are all wrapped up, teams are looking forward to what is ahead of them. The Gunners will be preparing for a new era under a new manager. Liverpool will be preparing for their UEFA Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid. Swansea, Stoke and West Brom will be preparing for their life in the Championship.

Also read: Premier League 2017-18: 10 things you didn't know about this season

There are actually a lot of exciting things coming up including the World Cup but before we turn our eyes to the future. Let us take a look at this Premier League season for one last time.

Here are five top surprises of the Premier League season:


#5 The Eagles stay up

Crystal Palace v West Ham United - Premier League
Zaha was Crystal Palace's best player this season

At the end of the 2016-17 season, Crystal Palace made a bold decision by appointing Frank de Boer as their manager. However, the plan didn't go well as the Eagles had planned and four games into the season they had lost all four without scoring a single goal.

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It wouldn't be wrong to say that many had already confirmed the first club to be relegated just one month into the season, but the club's hopes didn't fade away.

Boer was given the sack and Roy Hodgson replaced him at the helm. Even this appointment was mocked by many.

Fast forward to the end of the season, not only did Crystal Palace survive relegation but also they finished 11th on the table.

Hodgson's achievement has been rewarded with a nomination for the Barclays Manager of the Season award. However, he is not the only one the Eagles' fans should thank, credit must be given to Wilfried Zaha for his contributions as well.

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