Season review

Sky Sports' reporters reflect on how the 20 Premier League clubs have done this season.

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The Premier League may have lacked the last-day drama of years gone past, but the season as a whole provided enough storylines to keep a scriptwriter busy over the summer months.

There have been high-profile retirements, shock cup winners, another European success for Chelsea and Manchester United's relentless march towards a record 20th title.

Sky Sports' reporters have now given their verdict on the 20 top-flight clubs, picking out the stars of the show, the key members of the supporting cast, and those who have been largely left watching from the wings.

Click on the club names below to read the season review.

Arsenal

Arsenal's season ended in celebration after qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, but Sarah Winterburn asks whether fourth place and no Premier League title challenge will be enough next year.

Aston Villa

A spirited finish to the campaign ensured Paul Lambert's determination to blood youngsters didn't end in disaster after lengthy spells in the bottom three and humiliation in the cups. Stephen Mills picks the bones out of the Scot's first season in charge of Aston Villa.

Chelsea

Lewis Rutledge reflects on a turbulent season for Chelsea which has seen more managerial upheaval but from which pride has been salvaged after failing to defend the Champions League and falling behind in the title race.

Everton

Everton continued to improve on the field as they finished sixth, and above Liverpool again, in what would prove to be David Moyes' final season in charge. Jon Holmes assesses the Toffees' campaign.

Fulham

Although Dimitar Berbatov reached 15 Premier League goals in his first season for Fulham, the Cottagers have endured a campaign of mixed fortunes. Matt Stanger looks back at a difficult year for Martin Jol and his team.

Liverpool

Pete O'Rourke looks at how Liverpool have performed during Brendan Rodgers' first season in charge after the former Swansea boss replaced Kop idol Kenny Dalglish.

Manchester City

Expectations have risen considerably at Manchester City on the back of recent successes, with failure no longer an option. With that in mind, Chris Burton attempts to work his way through an eventful season at the Etihad Stadium - on and off the field.

Manchester United

What turned out to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last season as Manchester United manager produced a Premier League title success which was hewn from the legendary Scot's finest qualities. Mark Buckingham reflects on a landmark campaign for United.

Newcastle United

After flirting with relegation before being saved by a French foreign legion, Graeme Bailey looks back at another fascinating season for Newcastle United.

Norwich City

Joe Drabble assesses how Chris Hughton stuck with his own philosophy to preserve Norwich City's top-flight status for another season.

Queens Park Rangers

QPR's main aim this season was to steer clear of another relegation battle, but the Hoops couldn't avoid the drop and Sam Nightingale believes Harry Redknapp will need to clear the decks ahead of next season's campaign in the Championship.

Reading

Reading's return to the Premier League was brief and though the Royals, in hindsight, may have done things differently this season, Ian Watson believes they are in good shape to bounce back at the earliest opportunity.

Southampton

Nigel Adkins lifted Southampton into the Premier League, but some ruthless decision-making brought Mauricio Pochettino in. Nick Miller looks at how the Saints have performed over the season.

Stoke City

Stoke City again missed out on the top half in the Premier League this season, and Mark Holmes sees few positives to take from the campaign, which has ended with Tony Pulis' departure.

Sunderland

Sunderland's decision to appoint Paolo Di Canio in place of Martin O'Neill generated plenty of headlines, not all of them relating to football. Rob Parrish looks at how the Italian achieved his initial goal of avoiding relegation on Wearside, but still has much work to do.

Swansea City

Despite a bit of a disappointing finish, Swansea City enjoyed a dream first season under Michael Laudrup, which included winning the Capital One Cup. Peter Fraser picks out the highlights and star players from a memorable campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur

Many pundits questioned the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham but, after a record Premier League points haul, Rob McCarthy believes few could argue that it's been a pretty decent season at White Hart Lane

West Bromwich Albion

There were huge question marks over Steve Clarke when he was named as Roy Hodgson's successor in the West Brom hot-seat - but the Scot has silenced his doubters in style, says Simon Wilkes

West Ham United

West Ham's prime target on their return to the Premier League was survival, but James Marshment believes a top-half finish provided supporters with plenty to cheer and underlined Sam Allardyce's Premier League credentials

Wigan Athletic

FA Cup glory followed by relegation heartache - it has been an extraordinary season for Wigan Athletic as their eight-year stay in the Premier League finally came to an end. Adam Bate looks back on a season that will be talked about for years to come.

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may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

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ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

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s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

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