Winners and losers of the Premier League 2011/12 part one

A roller coaster season ended with a roller coaster Sunday with Manchester City claiming the title thanks to Sergio Aguero’s las gasp strike, however who were the real winners and losers of the closest Premier League season for several years? 

Roberto Mancini

The main victor of the season has to be Roberto Mancini, as yesterday’s game moved into injury team with his Manchester City side 2-1 down to QPR the likelihood was he would be shown the door at the Etihad stadium. 

Instead he spent today touring around Manchester on an open top bus celebrating with his players after  taking City to the their title since 1968. 

It is a massive step for Mancini and his squad, many of whom have joined since Mancini took over in 2009. 

Throw into a season marred by constant speculation around his future, Carlos Tevez’s exile to his native Argentina and Mancini’s personal battle against the troublesome Mario Balotelli and you begin to see what he has achieved this season. 

Obviously he will need more than one major trophy per season to satisfy the big wigs at the Etihad, however it is certainly a start. 

Robin van Persie

It has been another fruitless season for Arsenal however once again the Emirates was lit up on more than one occasion by the irresistable van Persie. 

37 goals over the entire campaign led Arsenal to third place and Champions League football next season, something that was unthinkable before Christmas.

Speculation has rumbled on throughout the season regarding the Dutchman’s future and now as we head into a sport filled summer the rumours will grow and it is likely van Persie will depart the Emirates in a hunt for major silverware, similar to the departure of Cesc Fabregas last season. 

Newcastle United

The suggestion that Newcastle United would finish in the European positions would have been laughed at back in August before the season kicked-off. 

However a fifth placed finish has taken everyone by suprise this season with manager Alan Pardew even being talked about for the England manager’s position following the departure of Fabio Capello. 

He has built a squad of players, few of whom are household names and let them gel as the season progressed, a Champions League position was still achievable heading into the final game of the season. 

Players such as Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse were unknown quantities when they were brought into the club. 

However they have been the fulcrum around which Newcastle have performed this season with Cisse netting 13 goals in 14 league games, not bad for a striker few people had heard of before his January move. 

Later in the week, the losers of the season will be analysed

 

 

 

 

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About Pete Hirst
Hi, how's it going? My name is Pete I have just got myself one of these blog sites. After completing a degree in journalism I am now on the hunt for jobs, work ex, internships etc so if you want to give me one that would be very appreciated!! On here I will be mostly blogging about sports, mainly cricket and football with some golf and tennis thrown in there for good measure and who knows maybe some personal blogging might get thrown on if anything decidedly nifty happens. Anyway thanks for viewing and happy reading. Pete

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