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Four things we won’t remember about 2016/17 Premier League season

Saturday 20th May 2017
Unless you work as a pundit or commentator, chances are you don't need to retain an enormous knowledge on football categorised by season. There are such ‘Statto' characters out there but they aren't exactly the people you want to stand around and have a pint with – unless you're one too. So, for the stattos, here's a list of events from the 2016/17 Premier League season the rest of us won't remember.

1 - The Wenger out plane

Arsenal fans really are a law unto themselves these days. When you consider teams like Leyton Orient are at risk of going out of business after nearly 140 years, Arsenal Wenger and his side finishing outside the Premier League top four isn't the worst thing that could happen.

Even so, fans clubbed together to pay for a plane to fly over Stoke City's Bet365 Stadium during Arsenal's visit to the midlands – a plane complete with a banner reading ‘Wenger – Out Means Out'.

Should the evergreen Frenchman lead Arsenal back to the Champions League next season, or even this season's FA Cup, all will be forgotten – including this moronic protest, which targeted one of English football's greatest servants.

2 - Bob Bradley managed Swansea City

The first American to manage in the Premier League; Bob Bradley took over from Francesco Guidolin at struggling Swansea City in October 2016. Eyebrows were raised when Bradley was installed as manager over some other names mentioned and, as it transpired, rightfully so.

Bradley lasted just 85 days and 11 games at Swansea. He took just eight points from a potential 33 and left the club on the brink of relegation before the January transfer window.

As we all now know, Swansea survived their relegation battle and will be a Premier League side for another year under Paul Clement – Bradley will be forgotten in no time.

3 - Paul Merson doubted Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Most people, including Manchester United's most die-hard fans, had reservations over how effective 34-year old (at the time of transfer) Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be in the Premier League.

However, none were more critical of the big Swede's transfer to Manchester than Paul Merson, who had more than his fair share to say on the matter during the final weeks before the season kicked off. Merson told Sky Sports:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a world-class striker but he's not anymore. He is 35 and playing in the hardest league in the world so as the season goes on, I can't see him getting better.
Needless to say, Merson has been proven wrong by the talented forward and he'll be hoping everyone forgets the time he put his foot in his mouth… again.

4 - Walter Mazzarri doesn't speak English

We were all stunned into silence when Quique Sanchez Flores was replaced as manager of Watford FC following what he thought was a disappointing campaign last season.

Into the void stepped Italian Walter Mazzarri, who conducted his first press conference via a translator. Nothing strange here, lots of foreign managers come to England unable to speak English but very few make it to the end of the season without having undertaken some lessons.

Mazzarri is one such example of a manager coming, seeing and leaving without embracing too much English culture. Not memorable enough for me, thanks.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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