As the dramatic last day of the Premier League fades into memory, it’s time to review each team’s performance for the season.
Premier League Player Stats
Mo Salah of Liverpool and Heung-Min Son shared the top goal scorer award with 23 apiece.
Jarrod Bowen of West Ham recorded 17 assists, beating Mo Salah’s 14.
Most Clean Sheets
Allison and Ederson shared the Golden Gloves with 20 clean sheets each for Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. Virgil Van Dijk recorded 21 for the most.
Most Minutes played
David De Gea (Manchester United) and Hugo Loris (Spurs) both played every minute (3420 not including injury time). Matty Cash of Aston Villa was the highest outfield player on 3377.
Final League Positions
|1||Manchester City (C)||38||29||6||3||93||99||26||73|
|7||West Ham United||38||16||8||14||56||60||51||9|
|9||Brighton and Hove Albion||38||12||15||11||51||42||44||-2|
|20||Norwich City (R)||38||5||7||26||22||23||84||-61|
- Final Position – 5th
- Season Rating – 6/10
After becoming a club that many don’t take seriously anymore, Arsenal have certainly improved their results and performances this season; a total of 23 league games won and just narrowly missing out on Champions League football for next season.
In the Premier League, Arsenal came up with some great results, taking wins from rivals Spurs, as well as Chelsea and Manchester United. There were still, however, some massive defeats suffered (5-0 to Manchester City and 4-0 to Liverpool) which emphasised that the North London club are still far away from getting back onto their perch.
Arsenal had a great League Cup run, as they made it through to the semi final with statement wins such as a 6-0 triumph versus West Brom. They were ultimately knocked out by Liverpool after a 2-0 aggregate score. The FA Cup was a different story, after a humiliating defeat to Nottingham Forrest in the 3rd round saw their early exit in the competition.
With an 8th place finish last season, Arsenal missed out on European football all together, making it all the more special to be returning to Europe next season.
Arsenal will be aiming towards a top 4 finish next season, and with the right summer signings, there will be plenty of hope and expectation placed on the shoulders of Mike Arteta to produce exactly that.
- Final Position – 14th
- Season Rating – 5/10
After appointing Steven Gerrard as their manager in November of 2021, Villa hoped to improve their current league position of 16th, though their ended in underwhelming fashion to end in 14th, compared to their 20/21 11th place finish.
At the start of the season, then manager Dean Smith had his side go on a run of form that was well below par, winning just 2 games versus Manchester United and Everton, the final straw being a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the beginning of November.
Gerrard was deemed a fit replacement for Smith as he took over prior to Villa’s 2-0 victory over Brighton. They then went on to win 3 of their next 5 games before another poor run of form and many lacklustre performances.
Their FA Cup run was one to forget as they were knocked out in the 3rd round by Manchester United via a McTominay goal at Old Trafford. The EFL Cup was no better as they lost out on penalties against Chelsea also in the 3rd round.
Since the start of April, Villa went on to take points in 5 out of their last 9 games, losing the other 4. Their most notable defeat came on the last game of the season which was a comeback from Manchester City that ended 3-2 where they snatched the league title in the 81st minute.
Gerrard will be looking to improve his squad in the summer to aim for a strong 2022/23 season with a serious domestic cup challenge, though this will be a difficult task with questions already being raised on his capability at the Birmingham club.
- Final Position – 13th
- Season Rating – 7/10
Brentford came to an impressive 13th place finish this season, whilst also recording some immaculate performances and results throughout their first ever Premier League season.
The Bee’s kicked off the season with a 2-0 win over Arsenal, before accumulating 23 points up until the turn of the calendar year, leaving them 12th in the table. Massive results such as a draw versus Liverpool and a 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea saw the other Premier League teams give Brentford some well deserved respect.
Brentford also went on an impressive EFL Cup run, making it to the quarter finals before seeing defeat by Chelsea via 2 goals in the 80th and 85th minute, which certainly would’ve broke the hearts of Bee’s fans. The FA Cup on the other hand, was a disappointment compared to the rest of their season, being battered by Everton in the 4th round of the cup so see the score ending 4-1 in the Toffee’s favour.
Due to such a good performance this season for Brentford, players such as Ivan Toney and Christian Eriksen are now being eyed up by some major European clubs, so it will be interesting to see how Brentford cope next season with the likely departures of some of their best players.
- Final Position – 9th
- Season Rating – 7/10
Brighton had a drastic improvement this season, finishing 9th compared to their last 4 seasons since promotion where they failed to end their campaign higher than 15th.
The Seagull’s had some great performances throughout the 2021/22 campaign, taking 3 points from the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and a massive 4-0 triumph over Manchester United, whilst also drawing versus Liverpool.
In fact if it wasn’t for picking up just 3 points from a possible 21 in February and March, the Albion could have even pipped West Ham to a European Spot.
The EFL Cup run was that of underwhelming, making it only to the 4th round before losing out on penalties to Leicester City, the FA Cup being no better as they were beat 3-1 by Tottenham also in the 4th round.
Manager Graham Potter will look to keep the momentum going into next season and the club will be hopeful on an even higher table position by May 2023.
- Final Position – 18th
- Season Rating – 4/10
Though Burnley found themselves relegated on the Premier League season finale, they put up an applaudable effort to stay in the top division after spending 6 years there since their last promotion.
After winning 8 games in all competitions this season, it was hard to tell whether they would survive another season to prove themselves once again in the top division. It was proven too good to be true as their relegation rivals Leeds and Everton clawed their way to safety for next season, whilst Burnley were left to take the last relegation spot.
After 10 years in charge of the club, manager Sean Dyche was sacked by the Lanchashire club in April of 2022. Burnley then went on a decent run of form, winning 3 out of their first 4 games with Mike Jackson as their caretaker manager for the remainder of the season. This wasn’t enough to save the club from relegation though, as they ultimately lost to Newcastle on the season finale which saw their hopes of survival crushed.
- Final Position – 3rd
- Season Rating – 7/10
With the return of Romelu Lukaku, as well as their Champions League win last season, Chelsea were one of the favourites to win the Premier League.
Chelsea’s season kicked off with a penalty shootout win in the UEFA Super Cup over Europa League winners Villareal. Their Champions league win also earned their qualification of the Club World Cup which they went on to win after wins versus Al Hilal and Palmeiras.
This kickstarted their season campaign, as they lost just one of their first 13 league games. One of those results was a massive 7-0 thumping of Norwich, with Mason amount earning himself the match day ball after a hat trick.
Some bad results came the way of The Blues, with defeats from West Ham, Arsenal and Everton, as well as a demoralising 4-1 loss to West London rivals Brentford.
In both the League Cup and the FA Cup, Chelsea made it to the final before losing out on penalties to Liverpool. This would’ve been hard to take in the Chelsea dressing room, after watching history repeat itself twice in the same season. Victories versus the likes of Spurs and Southampton in the EFL Cup, and Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup helped Chelsea on their run to the finals.
In the Champions League campaign to retain their winner’s medals, the West London club came second in their group that consisted of Juventus, Zenit St.Petersburg and Malmö. Chelsea then breezed through the last 16 versus Lille, with a 4-1 victory on aggregate.
Real Madrid were Chelsea’s next opponents. The Spanish club staged an incredible comeback vs the European Champions after a 96th minute aggregate winner knocked out Chelsea. Real Madrid went on to win the competition for the 14th time.
Despite the Super Cup and Club World Cup wins, Chelsea ultimately fell short of their expectations, after a poor attempt of a Premier League title charge.
- Final Position – 12th
- Season Rating – 7/10
Finishing 14th last season, there was definitely an improvement for the London club as they came to an 11th place finish for this campaign, and with an impressive FA Cup run as well as some admirable Premier League results, it is hard to fault the efforts of the Palace squad.
Their season started poorly, with no wins in their first 4 games in all competitions, whilst also being knocked out of the EFL Cup 2nd round by Watford, with and Ashley Fletcher goal in the 86th minute sending Palace out of the cup. They then saw amazing results coming their way including statement victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Their FA Cup run saw many convincing victories over the likes of Stoke City and Everton, which led them to their semi final spot facing Chelsea. The Palace players put in an admirable performance, pushing Chelsea to their limit and often looking the better side. In the end, Chelsea showed their resilience, with goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount breaking the hearts of Palace fans as their hopeful FA Cup run came to an end.
The Eagles will be excited for the new campaign to begin after their imposing 2021/22 season, and there will be much hope that some domestic silverware could be on the cards soon enough for the London club.
- Final Position – 16th
- Season Rating – 1/10
It’s safe to say that this season will be one to forget for Everton as they narrowly survived relegation to the Championship which would’ve been the first time since the 1950/51 season.
They started the season with ex Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who had great success on the red side of Merseyside, most notably winning the iconic 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul. Lots of eyebrows were raised as the Spaniard joined the blue side of Merseyside though fans were mostly excited to see how he would improve their club.
Their season started well, not recording a loss for their first 5 games in all competitions. After this, their season started to decline, first losing 3-0 to Aston Villa, then tallying just one win in the 10 league games after.
Everton decided they’d had enough of their performances after their 2-1 defeat to Norwich in January, sacking Benitez and bringing in Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as a replacement. After this, their season didn’t improve much as they stayed in and around the relegation zone until the penultimate Premier League match versus Crystal Palace which they won 3-2, securing their top flight place for next season.
After one of their worst seasons in recent history, the Toffees will be looking at Frank Lampard to make some serious improvements to their squad in the hopes to finish in a much higher position for the 2022/23 season.
- Final Position – 17th
- Season Rating – 2/10
One way to describe this season for Leeds is underwhelming. After finishing 9th in the table last season, there was a sense of expectation around the Yorkshire club to go above and beyond since their long awaited return to the Premier League.
Leeds got themselves to the 4th round of the EFL Cup and were knocked out in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, seeing their only realistic chances of silverware for the season thrown out the window. Then, their focus became on improving their position in the league table, though this improvement never really came.
Leeds’ manager of 4 years, Marcelo Bielsa, was dismissed from his role at the club in February of 2022 after a 4-0 defeat to Spurs. He was replaced by American head coach Jesse Marsch, who managed to keep Leeds afloat to survive the Premier League for another season.
There is still a lot of expectation for the Yorkshire club to improve on their current position, and there will be a feeling of pressure around the club to stay in the top division and become the great club the once were.
- Final Position – 8th
- Season Rating – 6/10
After Leicester’s 5th place finish and FA Cup win last season, it is easy to look at their 8th place finish and be disappointed, but with some promising cup runs during this campaign, it’s clear that their league position doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Foxes opened their season with a 1-0 victory over Premier League title holders Manchester City in the Community Shield. This came via an 89th minute penalty from Kelechi Iheanacho.
Some impressive league results came Leicester’s way during this campaign, with victories over Manchester United and Liverpool. There were also a fair share of rather embarrassing results for the East Midlands club, failing to beat the likes of Everton, whilst being mauled by Man City back in December, where the Foxes lost 6-3.
After their 5th place finish last season, Leicester found themselves in the Europa League, put in a group with Napoli, Spartak Moscow and Legia Warszawa. They finished their group in 3rd, finding themselves demoted to the new Conference League.
Brendan Rodgers’ side made it through to the semi final of the competition, beating both Rennes and PSV on aggregate before losing out to Jose Mourinho’s Roma, who went on to win the competition in May.
In the domestic cups, Leicester had a decent run to the EFL Cup quarter final, beating Millwall and Brighton before losing out on penalties to the now-holders Liverpool. Their FA Cup run came to an end in round 4 as they were beating embarrassingly by the newly promoted Nottingham Forrest 4-1.
Overall, Leicester’s future looks to be a bright one under Brendan Rodgers, and the Foxes will certainly be aiming to get some more silverware under their belt in the coming seasons.
- Final Position – 2nd
- Season Rating – 9/10
After Liverpool’s quadruple dreams almost came to reality, their season ended in disappointment after the Premier League title was lost on the final day, as well as a Champions League final defeat.
In the Premier League, The Reds only defeats came in 2021 versus Leicester and West Ham. Plenty of draws against the likes of Spurs, Brighton and Manchester City throughout the campaign led to their second place finish in the Premier League by just 1 point.
The red side of Merseyside celebrate the wins of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup, after facing the likes of Nottingham Forrest and Manchester City on the road to the FA Cup final as well as Arsenal and Leicester in the League Cup.
In the Champions League, Liverpool were labelled to be a part of the group of death, being in a group with AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid. Liverpool went on to top this group, winning all 6 of their games.
In the knockouts, Liverpool faced Inter Milan in the round of 16, beating the Italian giants 2-1 on aggregate. The quarter and semi finals both ended up a breeze for Jurgen Klopp’s team, as they beat Benfica 6-4 over 2 legs, going on to knock out last seasons Europa League winners Villareal (5-2 aggregate).
Liverpool then we’re defeated 1-0 in the final by Real Madrid, 4 years after the 3-1 defeat in Kyiv. Vinicius Junior was the only goal scorer in the final, after the match was delayed by 36 minutes after fans struggled to enter the ground due to a lack of composure from the French authorities and UEFA. You could argue that the subdued Reds crowd played a part in the loss, but on the pitch Thibaut Courtois’s heroic performance was the difference.
Overall, Liverpool had a season so close to perfection, though it ended in tears as their quadruple was turned into a domestic cup double in just 6 days. It is a testament to Jurgen Klopp and his team that deemed the season a let down despite winning two trophies and amassing 92 points.
- Final Position – 1st
- Season Rating – 8/10
The Premier League champions had an underwhelming season by their impeccable standards, failing to make the final of any cup competitions they participated in.
Their Premier League season, as always, was close to perfection. With just 3losses and 6 draws all season, it is hard for any Premier League side to match this clubs consistency. City had some massive wins this season such as a 7-0 thrashing of Leeds as well as their 3-2 comeback win on the final day Vs Aston Villa to win the title.
In the Champions League, City we’re thrown out in the semi finals in a rather embarrassing fashion, conceding 3 goals in 5 minutes to see Real Madrid go through 6-5 on aggregate after extra time. Before this, City had no struggles in the competition as they topped their group of PSG, Club Brugge and RB Leipzig.
City had a massive 5-0 win over Leipzig over 2 legs in the round of 16, before clinching a 1-0 aggregate score versus a tough side in Atletico Madrid, it was clear that City were once again one of the favourites to go on and win the competition. Real Madrid had other ideas, and broke the hearts of City fans as they now have to wait at least another season to get the silverware they’ve been deprived of for their history.
The FA Cup saw the now-winners Liverpool knock City out in the semi final, with a rather embarrassing blunder from keeper Steffen helping Liverpool to victory. The EFL Cup wasn’t the best of runs, as West Ham knocked out the Premier League champions on penalties in the 4th round of the competition.
Overall, City had a season that many clubs could only dream of, though by their own expectations, it’s hard to believe that there were no improvements to be made.
- Final Position – 6th
- Season Rating – 4/10
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo making his return, as well as Jason Sancho and Rafael Varane joining the red side of Manchester back in the summer of 2021, many were expecting to see United flying and on their way to some silverware. However, some embarrassing results and cup runs makes it hard to find any positives for them this season.
In the Premier League, United’s season started well, going undefeated in their first 5 matches, however, this quickly went downhill, with humiliating results, including 5-0 and 4-0 defeats to rivals Liverpool, as well as failing to beat the likes of Everton, Watford and Brighton (who put 4 past the Manchester club)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started the season as United’s manager, but with a string of bad results that ended in a -1 defeat to Watford, enough was enough an he was replaced by interim manager Ralf Rangnick. He has since departed the club to manage Austria’s national team after his duties came to an end.
United made it to the last 16 of the Champions League, topping their group which included Villareal, who beat United to the Europa League title last season, as well as Atalanta and Young Boys. Atletico Madrid we’re then drawn against The Red Devil’s. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw before the return leg saw Atletico snatch a 1-0 win to progress through to the next round and end Manchester United’s tournament.
Middlesbrough knocked United out of the FA Cup 4th round after a victory via a penalty shootout, while West Ham took a 1-0 victory in the EFL Cup 3rd round thanks to a goal from Manuel Lanzini. Domestic cups for the season were long gone very early for the red side of Manchester.
Overall, there were a few positives to take for this campaign, one being that Ronaldo looked as though he never left the club, scoring 18 goals and tallying 3 assists. However, with United becoming somewhat a laughing stock over the past few years, fans around the world will be watching anxiously to see how now manager Erik Ten Hag can improve the club and get them back to their best.
It says a lot that most United fans only reason to celebrate was their joy at seeing Liverpool falter in their quadruple quest.
- Final Position -11th
- Season Rating – 7/10
Newcastle had an abysmal start to their season, failing to find a win until the start of December with a 1-0 victory over now-relegated Burnley. Lots of eyebrows were raised as there seemed to be a high possibility of relegation for the Geordie club. Indeed many football fans wanted this after the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund takeover, making Newcastle the richest club in world football.
It was clear that changes needed to be made so that is exactly what happened. Manager Steve Bruce was dismissed at his role of the club in October 2021, with Eddie Howe being his replacement.
These changes paid off massively, as Newcastle spent the most of any club in Europe in the January transfer window. The likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, and Matt Targett were brought in to ensure there would be no fear of relegation, and Eddie Howe proved himself to be the right leader for the task at hand.
From the end of the transfer window, Newcastle won 6 of their next 7 games, also ending their season strongly, winning all but their games versus the top 2 teams Manchester City and Liverpool since the 8th of April.
With so much money to invest in squad improvements, Newcastle seem a real threat to the rest of the league and look as though they could be preparing for one of their best seasons in recent history.
- Final Position – 20th
- Season Rating – 3/10
Norwich find themselves back in the Championship as they finished bottom of the table this season, though their season weren’t far off what was expected of them.
The Canaries finished on 22 points with just 5 wins throughout the season. They were officially relegated at the end of April after a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa where they could no longer get out of the bottom 3 mathematically.
In the domestic cups, it didn’t get much easier for Norwich as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool in the 5th round via a 2-1 defeat at Anfield. In the EFL cup they were again knocked out by Liverpool after a 3-0 defeat by the Merseyside club in the 3rd round.
Though it is more disappointment for the Norfolk club, there will certainly be a feeling of expectation around the club to earn themselves a promotion spot back to the top flight after next season.
- Final Position – 15th
- Season Rating – 5/10
The Saints’ season overall was one that many could’ve predicted back in August 2021. They started and ended their Premier League campaign quite miserably, though a great spell at the turn of the calendar year helped in ensuring they avoided their first relegation in 18 seasons.
In the EFL Cup 2nd round, Southampton recorded a massive 8-0 win vs League 2 club Newport, which they carried with them before losing out in the 4th round against Chelsea. They also had an adequate FA Cup run, making it to the quarter finals before being beat 4-1 by Manchester City.
The Saints picked up some great results throughout the Premier League season, drawing to both Manchester clubs twice, beating 7th place West Ham, and beating Spurs 3-2. Their main struggles appeared to be when playing clubs in a similar league position to themselves, being defeated in the season by Everton, Aston Villa and Burnley.
Though their season wasn’t a memorable one, it was nothing too short of what was to be expected of the south coast club.
- Final Position – 4th
- Season Rating – 8/10
Since the arrival of manager Antonio Conte, who replaced Nuno Espírito Santo, Spurs have looked a completely new side. The spirit of the camp has clearly been raised and it brought the North London club back to play Champions League football next season.
The season started incredibly for Spurs, beating the now-champions Manchester City 1-0, the one goal coming from Heung-Min Son. After the opening of the season, Tottenham’s form was abysmal as they won just 4 Premier League games up until the end of Nuno’s reign at the beginning of November.
Since then, Conte’s Spurs completely turned around their league campaign, beating the likes of Manchester City (twice) and North London rivals Arsenal, as well as getting 2 draws versus Liverpool. Their season ended emphatically with a 5-0 triumph over bottom of the table Norwich.
In the EFL Cup, Spurs made it through to the semi finals, with victories over the likes of West Ham and Burnley, before facing Chelsea and losing out 2-0 to their fellow London club. The FA Cup was a disappointment, losing out in the 5th round to Middlesbrough, who found themselves being a major dark horse in the competition, also being Victorious over Manchester United.
After finishing 7th last season, Tottenham managed to qualify for the first Conference League campaign, being drawn in a group with Rennes, Vitesse and Mura.
That of a humiliating run followed, as all 3 opponents recorded a win versus the North London club. Spurs beat Vitesse and Mura in the reverse leg, with Rennes getting a draw from the Lillywhites, with a 3-0 win handed to the French club after Spurs forfeited due to a COVID outbreak. This left Tottenham 3rd in the table and knocked out after the group stage came to an end.
Overall, Conte managed to turn Tottenham’s season around, securing a top 4 place and encouraging some positive performances, leading to the belief that he could be the man to take Spurs to their first major trophy in 14 years.
- Final Position – 19th
- Season Rating – 2/10
Watford finished a point above Norwich this season, with 6 wins throughout the campaign and being mathematically relegated on the 7th May after a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. This left Watford to become the 6th team to be relegated from the Premier League at least 4 times.
One of The Hornet’s most memorable moments of the season is when they thrashed Manchester United 4-1 back in November 2021 to see their then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed from his role as United’s gaffer.
After another relegation for Watford, they will be looking forward to next season as they try to fight their way back to the Premier League.
- Final Position – 7th
- Season Rating – 8/10
West Ham had an impressive season, with an amazing Europa League run whilst also maintaining a satisfactory league position, finishing 7th to qualify for next seasons Europa Conference League.
In the Premier League, West Ham came up with victories versus opponents such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs, while also getting a point from Manchester City towards the end of the season. Results like these really proved that The Iron’s are a club to be taken seriously.
In the Europa League, West Ham topped their group which consisted of Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Wien and Genk. They won lost just one of these group stage games which came at the hands of Zagreb, who came away with a 1-0 victory.
They beat Sevilla and Lyon on aggregate on the road to the semi final, before ultimately seeing a 3-1 aggregate defeat versus Frankfurt, shattering the hearts of the West Ham players and fan base alike. Declan Rice was a surprise inclusion for West Ham’s top scorer in the competition, as he along with Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma all got a tally of 3 goals in the competition.
The Hammer’s had relatively quiet domestic cup runs as they were knocked out in the FA Cup 5th round via a 3-1 defeat to Southampton, as well as well as losing out in the EFL Cup quarter final to a 2-1 defeat to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Overall, it is hard to fault the efforts of the West Ham players, and David Moyes will be impressed with the strength shown by his squad. Being in the Conference League next season, there is a real possibility that we will see West Ham lift their first piece of silverware since 1980.
- Final Position – 10th
- Season Rating – 7/10
Since promotion in 2018, Wolves have consistently finished in some satisfactory positions in the Premier League table, meaning a top half end to the season was likely to be what many expected of them, with the club regularly putting in good performances and getting the right results to see mid table finishes.
Wolves went on poor runs for both domestic cups, being knocked out of the League Cup 3rd round on penalties by Spurs, then being knocked out of the FA Cup 4th round by bottom of the table Norwich.
The Wanderers won a total of 15 Premier League games, with Raul Jiménez being crowned their top scorer and goal creator for the season. One of their most notable wins was versus Tottenham, who they beat 2-0 thanks to goals from Jiménez and Leander Dendoncker.
Wolves will look to continue their gradual improvement in the Premier League under coach Bruno Lage, and with some summer improvements (particularly in defence) there could be endless possibilities and potential for the Midlands club.