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A fine finish
Martin signs off with stats on Liverpool, Arsenal and Lampard
Last Updated: 28/05/14 4:39pm
Every week this season, Martin has been setting you a question of his own to get your grey matter working. Watch him sign off for the season from the Etihad Stadium.
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My final commentary of the Premier League season took me to the Etihad Stadium where I saw champions Manchester City finish on 102 Premier League goals, one ahead of Liverpool's 101 league goals this season but one short of Chelsea's record of four years ago. However, with 156 goals in all competitions, City comprehensively beat Chelsea's 147 from last season and set a new record for an entire competitive campaign.
In terms of league goals, they fell short of the 107 they scored in 1936/37 when they won the old First Division - but that team was relegated the following season. I'd be surprised if this one is!
City were top for 14 days - by far the lowest of any champion. This is the seventh time the Premier League has been decided on the final day and the team leading going into it has won on all seven occasions. Manuel Pellegrini has become the first non-European to ever manage an English champion side.
Vincent Kompany scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season to help claim his second Premier League title to add to the two Belgian championships he won with Anderlecht in 2004 and 2006. Samir Nasri scored his 49th goal in English football having finished the season strongly, starting all of the last 16 games.
In four meetings with West Ham this season, City have scored 14 and conceded only one. City are unbeaten in their last 10 games against West Ham, who haven't won a league game at the Etihad - but did win in the quarter-final of the FA Cup in 2006. Their last league away win at Man City was in the penultimate game at Maine Road in 2003, as Fredi Kanoute scored in a 1-0 win.
This was only the fifth Premier League game that saw City start with Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero this season - compared to 20 when they won the title in 2011/12. Maybe that's why they hadn't nailed it earlier?
There have been questions over financial fair play, but Man City have contributed to old-fashioned fair play, picking up just one red card all season (Kompany at Hull in March) and conceding only one penalty (at home to Southampton in early April).
It's also interesting to note that Chelsea were third, having done the double over the two teams above them.
Dear Martin. I was surprised Ryan Giggs didn't pick himself against Southampton because it means he has now failed to score in a Premier League season for the first time. Can you tell me who is now on the longest run of scoring in straight seasons? My guess would be Wayne Rooney because he's been scoring since he was a teenager with Everton. Ally Foster (Manchester United fan)
MARTIN SAYS: Ryan Giggs' run of scoring in 21 consecutive Premier League seasons has indeed come to an end and this is the first season in which he hasn't scored a goal. Wayne Rooney has scored in 12 consecutive Premier League seasons, but that is not the longest current streak.
The player on the longest current streak is Chelsea's Frank Lampard, who has scored in 17 consecutive seasons. He made his Premier League debut for West Ham in 1995/96, but did not open his goalscoring account until 1997/98 and has scored in every season since then. England team-mate Steven Gerrard has scored in 15 consecutive seasons, while you may be surprised to hear that his Chelsea team-mate John Terry is on the third longest streak, with the defender having scored in the last 14 seasons.
Thanks to Opta, here are the players on the longest current runs for scoring in consecutive seasons:
Frank Lampard (17 seasons)
Steven Gerrard (15 seasons)
John Terry (14 seasons)
Jermain Defoe (13 seasons)
Gareth Barry, Wayne Rooney, James Milner (12 seasons)
Peter Crouch, Leon Osman (11 seasons)
Mikel Arteta, Robin van Persie, Kieran Richardson (10 seasons)
Darren Bent, Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gabriel Agbonlahor (9 seasons)
Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia (8 seasons)
Lampard needs to score in the next four seasons to match Giggs' all-time record of scoring in 21 straight Premier League campaigns and would need to do so in two more seasons to match Paul Scholes' tally of goals in 19 back-to-back seasons.
All-time records for scoring in consecutive seasons (last season scored in brackets):
Ryan Giggs - 21 seasons (2012/13)
Paul Scholes - 19 seasons (2012/13)
Frank Lampard - 17 seasons (ongoing)
Emile Heskey - 16 seasons (2011/12)
Gary Speed - 16 seasons (2007/08)
Steven Gerrard - 15 seasons (ongoing)
Kevin Davies - 15 seasons (2011/12)
Alan Shearer - 14 seasons (2005/06)
John Terry - 14 seasons (ongoing)
Robbie Fowler - 14 seasons (2006/07)
Andrew Cole - 14 seasons (2006/07)
From these statistics you can see that if John Terry scores next season - and you would expect him to - then he will have scored in more consecutive Premier League seasons than both Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole!
Hi Martin, a question regarding Liverpool's goalscorers this week, which I'm sure you've had a lot of this season! So far this season, Suarez has 31 goals, Sturridge has 20 goals and Gerrard has 13. My question is this: if Raheem Sterling gets one more goal (moving him to 10 league goals this season), would Liverpool be the first team to have 4 different players to get at least 10 league goals? I believe we had 3 players get 10 goals in 08/09 (Torres had 12, Kuyt 14 and Gerrard 16 if I remember correctly). Thanks. Alex
MARTIN SAYS: As you will know by now, Raheem Sterling did not make it to 10 Premier League goals, so Liverpool finished with three players in double figures (Suarez, Sturridge, Gerrard) just as champions Manchester City did (Toure, Aguero, Dzeko) as well.
We've seen a team finish with three players in double figures on 29 occasions in a 20-team Premier League season - and this is the second time Liverpool have done it after 2008/09 as you suggest. Chelsea have done it eight times, Manchester United seven times, Arsenal six times, Man City four times and Tottenham twice.
However, Liverpool would not have been the first to get four players in double figures. This has actually been done four times in Premier League history.
MAN UTD (1995/96): Eric Cantona (14), Andrew Cole (11), Ryan Giggs (11), Paul Scholes (10)
CHELSEA (2009/10): Didier Drogba (29), Frank Lampard (22), Florent Malouda (12), Nicolas Anelka (11)
CHELSEA (2010/11): Florent Malouda (13), Didier Drogba (11), Frank Lamaprd (10), Salomon Kalou (10)
ARSENAL (2012/13): Theo Walcott (14), Santi Cazorla (12), Olivier Giroud (11), Lukas Podolski (11)
Netting at both ends
I can remember Martin Skrtel scoring two own goals this season, but he's also scored quite a lot of goals at the right end as well. Can you tell us if he's the first player to score two own goals and two proper goals in the same season. William Owens (Liverpool fan)
MARTIN SAYS: In fact, after his own goal against Newcastle on Sunday, Skrtel has now scored four own goals this season, the most by one player in a single season in the history of the Premier League. He has however scored seven times at the right end this season.
To answer your question, he is the 22nd player to score two own goals and two "proper" goals in the same season and he's not the only player to do so this season. Phil Bardsley of Sunderland has also scored twice at both ends.
However, Skrtel is the first to score four goals at both ends in the same campaign. In fact, no other player has scored three own goals and three normal goals in the same season before.
Thanks to Opta, here are the other players to have scored more than once at both ends throughout the history of the Premier League:
|1999/2000||Aston Villa||Gareth Southgate||2||2|
|2003/2004||Man Utd||Gary Neville||2||2|
|2004/2005||Man Utd||John O'Shea||2||2|
|2004/2005||Man City||Richard Dunne||2||2|
|2006/2007||Sheffield Utd||Phil Jagielka||4||2|
|2012/2013||Man Utd||Jonny Evans||3||2|
|2012/2013||West Brom||Gareth McAuley||3||2|
Gunners short of a ton
Dear Martin, Good work on the commentary and the column. I read that Arsenal have had 99 Premier League scorers after Carl Jenkinson opened his account on Sunday. Could they become the first club to reach 100 scorers in the Premier League? Ian Sparry (Arsnela fan)
MARTIN SAYS: You're right to say that Carl Jenkinson is the 99th player to score a Premier League goal for Arsenal, but I can tell you that 10 clubs have already recorded 100 Premier League goalscorers with Sunderland becoming the most recent team to join the list this season.
In fact, the team with the most Premier League scorers is your North London neighbours Tottenham who have had 129 different players score in the top flight since 1992/93, the most recent being Harry Kane. West Ham have had 121 different names on their Premier League scoresheets, while Manchester City are third with 119.
However, you may be surprised to hear that Arsenal have had more Premier League goalscorers than Manchester United. The Old Trafford club have scored more goals than any other side in the Premier League era, but those goals have come from just 83 players - the most recent being James Wilson against Hull last week.
Thanks to Opta, here are the clubs with the most different goalscorers in the Premier League era:
|Team||Number of scorers||Most recent scorer|
|West Ham||121||Stewart Downing|
|Man City||119||Martin Demichelis|
|Aston Villa||115||Grant Holt|
Dear Martin. With both Liverpool and Man City scoring over 100 goals I was wondering if this was the highest scoring Premier League season ever? Karl
MARTIN SAYS: With the help of Opta I can tell you that this was NOT the highest scoring Premier League season. In fact, the last four Premier League seasons have all seen more goals!
Despite seeing two sides top 100 goals for the first time, the total number of goals scored this term was 1,052, which is the lowest since the 2008/09 season when just 942 goals were scored.
The record number of goals for a Premier League season is the 1,222 scored in the very first campaign - but that was a 22-team league and that means there were 82 more games than were played this season. The record for a 20-team (380-game) campaign is the 1,066 goals scored in 2010/11 - so we only came 14 goals short of that total this season.
The worst season for goals was the 2006/07 season when we saw just 931 balls hit the back of the net in the Premier League; that means we have seen 121 more goals this season.
Number of goals in each 20-team Premier League season:
1995/96: 988 goals
1996/97: 970 goals
1997/98: 1,019 goals
1998/99: 959 goals
1999/00: 1,060 goals
2000/01: 992 goals
2001/02: 1,001 goals
2002/03: 1,000 goals
2003/04: 1,012 goals
2004/05: 975 goals
2005/06: 944 goals
2006/07: 931 goals
2007/08: 1,002 goals
2008/09: 942 goals
2009/10: 1,053 goals
2010/11: 1,063 goals
2011/12: 1066 goals
2012/13: 1,063 goals
2013/14: 1,052 goals
As I said on the video at the top of the page, many thanks for all of your contributions this season and we will try to do some teasers for the World Cup!