FOOTIE TWEETS: Tributes flow for Scholes, Carra and Beckham; Arsenal players celebrate; Owen grateful for special farewell

Brad Davies reviews the reaction of Premier League stars on Twitter to an amazing final weekend in English football.

Another English Premier League season came to a close on Sunday as Arsenal confirmed their place in next season's Champions League, once again pipping bitter North London rivals, Tottenham to 4th place.

Yet another late Gareth Bale wonder goal, allowed Tottenham to keep up their end of the bargain by beating Sunderland, but Laurent Koscielny's lone strike at St James' Park was enough to ensure the Gunners held off their neighbours and make it 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns.

Mikel Arteta: "We kept great TOGETHERNESS between Players, Staff, Directors & Supporters and we got rewarded! Proud 2 play 4 Arsenal! Let's win a title now!"

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: "What a way to end the season! Absolutely buzzing!!!"

With the trophy already sitting in the cabinet at Old Trafford cabinet and Wigan, Reading and QPR having been confirmed as the relegated sides, much attention went to a host of league legends all making their final appearances. It meant Twitter was flooded with congratulations and well wishes from all over the football community.

Gary Lineker "Final matches today, of their sparkling careers for Paul Scholes, @themichealowen and Jamie Carragher. All a credit to their sport."

Daniel Agger "Carra 737 games. Unbelievable. The numbers says it all. YNWA"

Luis Suarez "Today a legend retires from football. I've been lucky to play with him. Thank you very much for everything 'CARRA'."

Charlie Adam: "Scholes 1 of the best midfielders ever to have played the game."

Having officially hung up his boots, Michael Owen issued a round of thanks and congratulations.

Michael Owen: "Wow! Where do I start? Huge thanks to the Stoke fans. They sang my name non stop and gave me a send off I will never forget. #specialfans"

Owen: "Special word for the Southampton fans too. To be clapped off by a whole stadium was amazing."

Owen: "Unsuprisingly, my family travelled south to watch my final game. They have been there every step of the way."

Owen: "Congratulations to Carra, Scholesy and all those players retiring today. Legends of the game."

Owen: "Another huge thank you to everybody on here. Never seen so many nice messages. Very kind."

Having seen most of the retiring champions up close as a team mate, Rio Ferdinand dished out his thoughts on some exceptional careers.

Rio Ferdinand: "Paul Scholes is the player I enjoyed playing alongside most. Controlled games, complete passing range, brave + scored goals - complete player"

Ferdinand: "@themichaelowen without injuries would have broken every scoring record out there. Scariest pace ever, cold hearted finisher, won games alone"

Ferdinand: "The thing with @themichaelowen is he was quicker than any1 but knew when+where to run + scored all types of goals. great mental strength too"

Ferdinand: "Beckham had a r.foot like a L.foot - it was a sweet, sexy type, made a beautiful sound when he hit the ball! Energy, precision passing, goals"

Ferdinand: "Note to the youngsters: Becks had all the attention/media u could ask for but 1 thing never changed and that was his dedication to practice."

Ferdinand: "I missed tackling out on Scholesys tweet for a reason...!"

Finally, Rio signs us off with his take on United's shootout with West Brom at the Hawthorns that brought down the curtain on Sir Alex's Ferguson's brilliant management career.

5-5.....what a mad result! Lets be honest the boss was never going out with a boring 0-0!!

Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2013

There was never a dull moment where Sir Alex was involved, right til the end.

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