After Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Brentford at home, Tottenham’s forgettable season reached a new low. Meanwhile, Arsenal hopes to postpone the Premier League title party for champions-elect Manchester City.
City would win their sixth title in six years if Arsenal lost to Nottingham Forest on Saturday night.
City will win their third straight title if they beat Chelsea on Sunday or Brighton or Brentford in their final two games next week, regardless of the outcome of the second-placed Gunners’ game in Nottingham.
On the other hand, Manchester United and Liverpool are also playing on Saturday, which means the competition to finish in the top four and earn a spot in the Champions League is heating up.
United remain in fourth position, a point clear of fifth-place Liverpool, who play at Bournemouth at the same time as United’s home game against Aston Villa.
United still has two games remaining after this weekend, whereas Liverpool only has one.
At the opposite end of the table, fourth-place Everton must travel to Wolves in order to keep from falling into the relegation zone.
After losing their third consecutive game, Tottenham is ready for the season to be over.
Harry Kane scored his 28th league goal of the season to give Ryan Mason’s team the lead, but a Bryan Mbeumo brace and a late goal from Yoane Wissa have left them floundering in seventh place.
Tottenham fans’ anger with the club’s owners, ENIC, has been building in the last weeks of a rocky season, as evidenced by banners displayed outside the stadium.
One poster substituted a pound sign for the “E” in the “ENIC OUT” motto, while another had photos of the club’s many former managers, including Antonio Conte and Cristian Stellini, with the words “innocent” and “guilty” written next to their names.
As chairman of Tottenham, Daniel Levy has faced the brunt of the fans’ ire, and he reflected on a “immensely difficult season” in his programme notes for the final home game of the season.
It’s easy to see why you’re upset.
While “we made footballing decisions over recent seasons based on ambition and a desire to bring success to our club,” Levy admitted that the results had fallen short of expectations.
We at the club can certainly empathize with your feelings of dissatisfaction.
Kane scored the opening goal for Tottenham in the eighth minute with a stunning free-kick from 25 yards out that sailed into the top corner.
This season, Kane became Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer, passing Jimmy Greaves in the process, but he may have played his last game for the club.
The England captain has been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks, following his failed attempt to broker a move to Manchester United two years ago.
The chorus of “Harry Kane, he’s one of our own” was tinged with sadness as fans praised their hero in the face of an uncertain future.
Fans also released black balloons onto the field as a protest against Tottenham’s owners, as chairman Daniel Levy sat impassively in the directors’ box.
Emerson Royal’s header from Son Heung-min’s cross was cleared off the line by Rico Henry, despite the fact that Tottenham were playing with a freedom they had lacked for much of the season.
Ivan Toney, who scored 21 goals for Brentford last season, was banned for eight months this week for violating Football Association betting rules.
Mbeumo, though, proved that Brentford can succeed even without their hero.
Mbeumo scored an excellent equalizer from inside the penalty area into the far corner in the 50th minute because Tottenham didn’t push aggressively enough.
Twelve minutes later, Mbeumo scored again, this time by racing onto Aaron Hickey’s excellent pass behind Ben Davies and finishing coolly past Fraser Forster.
In the 88th minute, following a ball from Mbeumo, Wissa scored, prompting chants of “We want Levy out” from the home crowd in response to Tottenham’s latest meltdown.