PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Fergie bows out with a five-goal thriller as Arsenal clinch fourth

The 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season came to a close on the weekend with all 10 fixtures being played on Sunday.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s remarkable career as Manchester United manager ended with a thrilling 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Champions United led by three goals at two separate times but were denied the perfect send-off for Fergie with Steve Clarke’s Albion, led by a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick, pegging them back with three goals in the final nine minutes to force the highest-scoring draw in Premier League history.

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park to wrap up fourth spot and Champions League football for another season, denying North London rivals Tottenham that chance, even though Gareth Bale’s late strike earned Spurs a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Europa League winners Chelsea made it a sour end at Everton for David Moyes by winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic drew 2-2 with Aston Villa and League Cup winners Swansea City were beaten 3-0 at home by Fulham.

Liverpool gave retiring veteran Jamie Carragher a winning end by beating relegated QPR 1-0 at Anfield, Norwich City stunned Manchester City 3-2, Southampton and Stoke City played out a 1-1 draw and West Ham United sent Reading down to the Championship with bad memories of a 4-2 defeat thanks to a Kevin Nolan treble.

United ended up with 89 points to finish 11 clear of second-placed City with Chelsea three points behind them in third. Arsenal were fourth on 73 points, Tottenham behind them on 72, Everton finished above Merseyside rivals Liverpool in sixth whilst West Brom managed to end the season in eighth.

Following them were Swansea and West Ham to round out the top ten ahead of Norwich, Fulham, Stoke, Southampton and Villa.

In the bottom five sat Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle and Sunderland with the latter three points clear of the relegation zone which included Wigan, QPR and Reading.

2012/13 Barclays Premier League season scores

Chelsea: 2 (Juan Mata 7’, Fernando Torres 76’)
Everton: 1 (Steven Naismith 14’)
Stamford Bridge, London – 41,794

Liverpool: 1 (Philippe Coutinho 53’)
Queens Park Rangers: 0
Anfield, Liverpool – 44,792

Manchester City: 2 (Jack Rodwell 29’/59’)
Norwich City: 3 (Anthony Pilkington 26’, Grant Holt 54’, Jonny Howson 65’)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester – 47,054

Newcastle United: 0
Arsenal: 1 (Laurent Koscielny 52’)
St James’ Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 52,354

Southampton: 1 (Rickie Lambert 57’)
Stoke City: 1 (Peter Crouch 47’)
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton – 31,539

Swansea City: 0
Fulham: 3 (Alex Kacaniklic 22’, Dimitar Berbatov 77’, Urby Emanuelson 90+3’)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea – 20,365

Tottenham: 1 (Gareth Bale 89’)
Sunderland: 0 (red card: David Vaughan 75’)
White Hart Lane, London – 36,763

West Bromwich Albion: 5 (James Morrison 40’, Romelu Lukaku 50’/80’/86’, Youssuf Mulumbu 81’)
Manchester United: 5 (Shinji Kagawa 6’, Jonas Olsson (og) 9’, Alexander Buttner 30’, Robin van Persie 53’, Javier Hernandez 63’)
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich – 26,438

West Ham United: 4 (Kevin Nolan 23’/79’/87’, Ricardo Vaz Te 34’)
Reading: 2 (Garath McCleary 53’, Adam Le Fondre 55’)
Upton Park, London – 34,973

Wigan Athletic: 2 (Emmerson Boyce 20’, Nathan Baker (og) 45+3’)
Aston Villa: 2 (Darren Bent 5’, Ron Vlaar 60’)
DW Stadium, Wigan – 18,000

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