Chelsea shine, Pep and Mourinho flop as Wenger suffers nightmare season

Congratulations to Chelsea, Premier League winners 2016-17. The Blues kept Tottenham at arm's length for much of the season, while Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will look back on their first seasons at Manchester City and Manchester United with regret.

Arsenal also had a season to forget, falling out of the top four for the first time since Arsene Wenger took charge. Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull succumbed to relegation in an eventful season, and now it's time to look back at how each team fared.

Click on the mini previews below to get a full lowdown on how each club got on in 2016-17.

The Champions

Chelsea are deserved champions and are now on for the Double after a superb debut season for Antonio Conte. His tactical shift paid dividends, and Eden Hazard dazzled. -- Phil Lythell

The Top Four

Tottenham achieved their best finish in the Premier League (second), and it took champions Chelsea to end their FA Cup run at Wembley. The last season at White Hart Lane was a triumph despite no silverware. -- Ben Pearce

It's been a disappointing season for Manchester City. A top-four finish was the bare minimum expected of Guardiola in his debut campaign. While City had their moments, they were too few and far between. -- David Mooney

Landing 76 points and fourth place is a significant improvement on last season, although changes will still be needed to help keep pace with the rest of the league's best teams and deal with the extra football in Europe. -- Steven Kelly

The Also Rans

Those of you of a squeamish disposition might wish to avert your eyes. Arsenal's season has been the worst -- barring an unlikely FA Cup final win over Chelsea -- of Arsene Wenger's two decades in charge. -- Tom Adams

Jose Mourinho sacrificed the Premier League campaign for entry to the Champions League through the Europa League. Wednesday night's final makes or breaks Manchester United's season. --Scott Patterson

And the rest ...

A no-nonsense approach has seen manager Ronald Koeman restore belief, repair home form and return Everton to Europe. A promising first season has set the stage for continued progress ahead of an intriguing summer. -- Luke O'Farrell

It has been a season full of ups and downs for Saints, from the high of reaching the EFL Cup final to the low of a gut-wrenching 3-2 defeat to Man United at Wembley. New manager Claude Puel's long-term future at the club is in doubt. -- Alex Crook

Despite flirting with the possibility of relegation briefly in January and February, the Cherries were never in serious danger in what fans will look back on as a great season. -- Will Kent

West Brom's season was very much in three parts, a poor beginning and poor end bookmarked by a four-month spell from November to February that ultimately resulted in a successful season with a top-half finish. -- Matthew Evans

Leicester's Premier League title defence turned into a brief relegation scrap, culminating in Claudio Ranieri's dismissal. It was a difficult season in the end, but the UCL campaign and march to safety were the high points. -- Ben Jacobs

A disappointing season, which picked up where the previous one ended, completed 18 months of misery under an increasingly floundering Mark Hughes. -- James Whittaker

This was a season of mixed emotions for Palace. Expectations were that Palace would push on from last year and that it would be a season of transition but a relatively painless one. It was far from that. -- Rob Sutherland

Swansea's toughest Premier League season yet saw them flirt with relegation, make three managerial changes and survive with one game remaining. Paul Clement's masterful escape strategy helped Swans over the line. -- Max Hicks

The move from Upton Park to Stratford was expected to be painful, and so it proved to be. A poor summer in the transfer market made things more difficult, and the club struggled to rise above

mediocrity. -- Peter Thorne

Burnley survived in the Premier League for the first time in the club's history, with Sean Dyche leading the Clarets to 10 home wins at fortress Turf Moor to ensure their comfortable survival. -- Jamie Smith

Watford will enjoy a third consecutive season in the Premier League, but it was a difficult campaign that resulted in yet another head coach leaving. Walter Mazzarri's replacement will be the ninth manager in five years. -- Mike Parkin


Hull City's return to the Premier League was doomed from the outset. A chronic lack of preparation brought the inevitable relegation, even though Marco Silva's January appointment ensured that they went down fighting. -- Phil Buckingham

The excitement of a dream return to the Premier League for Middlesbrough after a seven-year absence soon turned into a nightmare, as Boro limply sleepwalked into relegation. -- Catherine Wilson

With only six wins, Sunderland's bright spots -- like the first victory (2-1 at Bournemouth) and the astonishing-but-fluke hammering of Crystal Palace (4-0 at Selhurst Park) -- served only to encourage false hope this season. -- Colin Randall