This weekend in the Premier League has seen sides relegated, the title race having a far clearer picture going into the final week and the race for the final Champions League spot coming to a conclusion.
There were some big performances from certain individuals at key stages this season, so here are our five heroes from the Premier League this weekend:
Manchester City’s man for the big occasion struck again in a crucial game in this season’s title race. After City fell behind to Everton, they were level courtesy of Sergio Aguero, and they lost the Argentine to injury soon after. But Edin Dzeko stepped up and goals from the Bosnian either side of half time proved to be crucial for City as they won only their second game at Goodison Park in the Premier League era to take a big step to their second title in three years.
Sunderland’s magnificent form keeps on going. Having got big results against Manchester City, Chelsea and Cardiff City, Manchester United at Old Trafford was their next scalp. Larsson’s well-taken strike proved to be enough to take all three points, as he fired home from Connor Wickham’s cross to take the Black Cats another step towards safety.
Whilst the story may have been about Liverpool’s title ambitions being left in tatters, the man who was behind two of those goals deserves a great deal of credit. Gayle kept a cool head in order to salvage a point for Crystal Palace, as the Eagles completed a remarkable comeback coming from 3-0 down to salvage a draw at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal went into their game with West Bromwich Albion in the knowledge that a win would guarantee them Champions League qualification for yet another season. Giroud grabbed the winner for the Gunners with a strong header in what was otherwise a pretty dull affair at the Emirates Stadium.
It was described as one of the biggest games of the Aston Villa players’ careers by Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Andreas Weimann ultimately proved to be the difference between them and Hull City as they secured their top flight status for next season. Villa were pegged back after Ashley Westwood had given them the lead by a Jordan Bowery own goal. But a quick-fire double from Weimann just before half-time put the result beyond doubt.