Aston Villa went down without a fight.
Aston Villa ended their torrid Premier League campaign with an unsurprising 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal.
The Villains have without doubt been a club on the decline for a number of years, yet not many saw what was about to happen this time 12 months ago when they were preparing for an FA Cup final.
Villa’s transfer business last summer can only be described as terrible, and a much more explicit description is needed for the season which followed as they suffer relegation to the Championship.
The West Midlands club finished the campaign on 17 points, only six points ahead of a Derby County team labelled with worst in Premier League history and two points ahead of a previously woeful Sunderland side.
But neither team spent less time winning a football match than Villa this season, with Eric Black’s men managing a grand total of 243 minutes of Premier League action with their noses in-front.
243 - Aston Villa led for just 243 minutes this season, less than any other team in Premier League history. Bleak.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 15, 2016
Derby may be dubbed the worst team in history, yet Rams can deem themselves a little unlucky with a number of late goals and odd decisions costing them at least an extra ten points.
What possible excuse can Villa have this season? Aside from throwing away leads against Watford and Leicester City, the club haven’t really come close to winning more than the three games all season.
There is a big rebuilding job ahead at Villa Park as the club look to bounce back, and on this season’s performance it may take them some while to get to grips with the rigours of the Championship.