The Premier League delivered one last deluge of drama on Sunday, to cap what was an enthralling 380-game 2018/19 campaign in fitting style.
A net-busting 36-goals flew in across the final 10 fixtures of the season, the most notable of which were registered at the Amex Stadium, where Manchester City struck 4 times to seal the Premier League title for the second year in a row.
Let’s take a look at the players that we thought put in the best individual performances of the weekend in our last FST Premier League TOTW of the season:
Goalkeeper: Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City)
Bluebirds’ goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made a staggering 10 saves to help Cardiff City take a clean sheet along with 3 points at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Etheridge’s heroics allowed relegated City to leave the Premier League with their heads held high after a famous 2-0 victory at the Theatre of Dreams.
Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
20-year old Liverpool fullback finished his domestic season in style by adding another Premier League assist to his haul for the campaign against Wolves. Alexander-Arnold set up Sadio Mane to bring his assist total for the season to 12 – the highest ever total achieved by a defender in a single season.
Centre Back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
Much-maligned German centre-half Shkodran Mustafi produced one of his best individual performances of the season for Arsenal in the Gunners’ final day 3-1 win at Burnley. Mustafi won a game high 8-aerial duels against a direct Clarets outfit, and the 27-year old also chipped in with 5 clearances to help repel the home attack.
Centre Back: Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City)
Gabon international Bruno Ecuele Manga was in imperious form at the heart of the Bluebirds’ defence in their impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The 30-year old defender made more interceptions (5) and clearances (5) than any other player involved in the contest, and Manga also won 100% of his attempted tackles.
Left Back: Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)
22-year old Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell gave everyone one final reminder of his sky-high potential with another well-rounded performance against Chelsea. Chilwell recovered possession 5 times for the Foxes in their 0-0 draw with the Blues at the King Power Stadium, and the promising youngster completed the same number of dribbles (4) as his more illustrious counterpart Eden Hazard.
Midfield: Mark Noble (West Ham)
Mark Noble played a pivotal role in West Ham’s emphatic 4-1 final day win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday. The veteran midfielder finished the game with 2 goals and Noble also put his ball recovery skills to good use, winning back possession than any other player on the pitch during the 90 minutes (7 times). The 32-year old Irons stalwart also completed a noteworthy 92% of his passes.
Midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)
When Manchester City needed him the most, Spanish creative genius and club legend David Silva produced the goods again, helping himself to 2 assists in the Citizen’s crucial 4-1 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium. Silva played the final passes for City’s first and third goals at decisive times in the game to help Pep Guardiola’s side win the title for the second year running.
Midfield: Jonjo Shelvey (Fulham)
Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey thoroughly enjoyed his last Premier League appearance of the season at Craven Cottage on Sunday. The 27-year old scored his first and only league goal of the season in the 9th minute against Fulham to set the trend for what would be a fantastic final afternoon of 2018/19 Premier League action for the Magpies.
Attack: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez wrote his name into Manchester City folklore on Sunday after a match-defining performance for the Citizen’s in their title-clinching win at Brighton. With the scores locked at 1-1, Mahrez’ pinpoint delivery found Aymeric Laporte who nodded City in front on 38 minutes, and with the game in the balance in the second half, Mahrez fired home a delightful 3rd on 63 minutes to hand City a 2-goal cushion.
Attack: Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace)
In a final day 8-goal thriller at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi stole the show for the Eagles with a terrific 2-goal display. With his future at the club uncertain, Batshuayi was keen to sign off in style, and the Chelsea loanee certainly did that – scoring from 100% of the shots he attempted against the Cherries.
Striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s rapid centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit 2 goals for the Gunners in their 3-1 win at Burnley, bringing his total for the season to 22 in the Premier League and earning him a place at the top of the goalscorer charts for the year alongside Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the process. In total, Aubameyang hit a blistering 7 shots at the Clarets’ goal, and the 29-year old might have had a hattrick on another day.