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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League season in a sentence as Leicester crowned champions

It was another memorable Premier League campaign. Our ESPN FC bloggers take a quick look at how their team fared in the 2015-16 season.

LEICESTER: Leicester ended 2015-16 with a fairytale Premier League title, the PFA player of the year, a Premier League scoring record and Champions League football -- so not bad, then! -- Ben Jacobs

ARSENAL: Not good enough to sustain a title challenge but not bad enough to drop out of the top four -- stop me if you think you've heard this one before. -- Tom Adams

TOTTENHAM: A top four spot looked ambitious but Spurs exceeded all expectations, enjoying a prolonged title challenge before a sour end to the campaign. -- Ben Pearce

MAN CITY: A season of gradually diminishing returns mirroring Manuel Pellegrini's three years in charge left City fans in the extremely unusual situation of counting the days until it was finally over. -- Simon Curtis


SOUTHAMPTON: Another season of progression for Southampton, who would have had a shot at not just a Europa League spot, but maybe even the top four had they avoided that midseason dip in form. -- Alex Crook

MAN UNITED: Winning the FA Cup shouldn't save Louis van Gaal following a season of dire football and wretched results, culminating in failure to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson left. -- Scott Patterson

WEST HAM: A fantastic season with many highs, few lows, superb teamwork, individual brilliance and plenty of attacking football. -- Peter Thorne

LIVERPOOL: Frustration in the Premier League, but impressive cup performances point to a bright future under Jurgen Klopp and with good recruitment this summer, the Reds could contend at the top next year. -- Dave Usher

STOKE: A disappointing 2015-16 for the Potters, who saw injuries and patches of abysmal form end any chance of European qualification. -- James Whittaker

CHELSEA: Chelsea's disastrous campaign rendered the club trophyless and short of being relegated, it really couldn't have been any worse. -- Mark Worrall

EVERTON: Fewest home points in Everton history is the rotten cherry on top of another season of failure for a manager and players failing to learn anything from the equally dismal season preceding this one. -- Luke O'Farrell

SWANSEA: A summer of complacency and questionable decisions almost cost Swansea their Premier League status, but in hiring Francesco Guidolin the board look to have restored their reputation for shrewd managerial appointments. -- Max Hicks

WATFORD: The season has to be seen as a big success overall, but morale is lower than it should be following a disappointing end to the campaign. -- Michael Moruzzi

WEST BROM: Everything you'd expect of a Pulis side -- dull football, a strong defence and safety with games to spare. -- Matthew Evans

CRYSTAL PALACE: Palace were dragged into a relegation fight after being fifth at Christmas but all will be forgiven if the Eagles manage to win the FA Cup. -- Jim Daly

BOURNEMOUTH: Despite a downbeat end, comfortably staying in the Premier League is a fantastic achievement for Eddie Howe's inexperienced squad. -- Steve Menary

SUNDERLAND: Sunderland again started badly and seemed a lost cause but if recovery under Sam Allardyce was slow and agonising, safety was eventually achieved with time to spare and hope that brighter times may at last lie ahead. -- Colin Randall


NEWCASTLE UNITED: It's been a season that has always seemed on the brink of collapse from the first few games and it unfolded into an inevitable conclusion -- relegation. -- Lee Ryder

NORWICH: So much early promise following promotion to the Premier League was replaced by a painful crash landing back in the Championship. -- Paddy Davitt

ASTON VILLA: A humiliating shambles which resulted in a first ever relegation from the Premier League -- Villa were rooted to the bottom of the table after 10 games and never looked like getting out of trouble. -- Kevin Hughes

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