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Features - Chris Kamara Posted 20th May 2013 view comments

Every Saturday, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.

On Sundays you can see Kammy back in the Sky Sports studios as he brings you all of the highlights on Goals on Sunday.

And then you can find him right here on skysports.com as he brings you his views on the weekend action.

Spurs didn't make the top four but Bale owes Spurs another season, says Kammy

Spurs didn't make the top four but Bale owes Spurs another season, says Kammy

Read below for Kammy's thoughts on this weekend's stories, as he looks at the final day drama, discusses Gareth Bale's future and salutes retiring legends...

Arsenal held their nerve to avoid the 'disaster' of not qualifying for the Champions League

We had Ian Wright on Goals on Sunday and he said it would be a disaster if his former side didn't finish in the top four. Well, Arsene Wenger's side avoided that with a 1-0 win at Newcastle to finish a point ahead of their North London rivals Tottenham.

The Gunners didn't get off to the best of starts this season and the Arsenal fans were unhappy with them going out of the cups; they thought the Champions League could be their salvation but they came up against a very good Bayern Munich side who did all the damage in the first leg at the Emirates. Then they feared not qualifying for the Champions League. But they've done it again - as they have done every year Wenger has been at the club. They've finished really well and have kept a lot of clean sheets since January. All with a defence some people have labelled the worst in their history. Credit where it's due.

Gareth Bale owes Tottenham another season of his services

At the start of the season, if you'd said to Tottenham 'this is the pecking order and you'll finish fifth' they'd probably have said 'that's what everyone expects but we hope to do better'. But they've finished in a position they were probably predicted to and, despite everything Gareth Bale has done it has not been enough to elevate them into the top four.

It will be important for them to keep him in the summer to build on what they have done this year and I think he owes the club a lot. He also owes Andre Villas-Boas a lot for being the first person to put him in the hole where he can express himself and become one of world's best. There's no reason why, after one brilliant season, he should run out on them.

Benitez bows out after bolstering his CV with Chelsea

Fernando Torres scored the winner in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton, which was Rafa Benitez's final game in charge of the London club. That was fitting because part of the reason Benitez got the job at Stamford Bridge was to revive Torres' fortunes, and you have to say he's done that to a certain extent; Torres this season is better than Torres last season, that's for sure.

Benitez did as good a job as he could with Chelsea. He went in there under severe pressure and the supporters didn't want him but he ended up winning the Europa League trophy, finishing third and you have to say he's enhanced his CV and will walk into another big job with his head held high.

The incredible game at the Hawthorns will live long in the memory of all involved, especially the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson

What an incredible game Manchester United's 5-5 draw with West Brom was! It was amazing to see the home side score those late goals and Romelu Lukaku, who scored a hat-trick, well, what a player he is going to be. We still don't know if he's going to be welcomed back at Chelsea next season or whether he'll get into their team, but on loan at West Brom this year he's been fantastic.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson must have thought he was cruising to victory in his final game in charge, but, despite West Brom's comeback, he ended the match with a big smile on his face. He was happy, the United fans at the game gave him a great send off and the West Brom fans enjoyed a 10-goal thriller - it was a good day for everyone there.

Manchester City are in turmoil but credit to Norwich for their impressive win at the Etihad

Man City are a club without a rudder at the moment, following the sacking of Roberto Mancini. Since he left his post the team's performance level has gone down, which is to be expected - but that shouldn't take anything away from Norwich's wonderful achievement.

They are only the second team to go to the Etihad and win in the league this season and we have to remember players such as Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson were all playing in the lower divisions not so long ago. It was also a great end to the season for Norwich boss Chris Hughton, who had one or two people beginning to question his ability. City, meanwhile, are in turmoil and need to resolve their managerial vacancy as soon as possible, which I'm sure they will.

Legends step aside on a fantastic final day

All in all it was a great final day to the Premier League season with plenty of fantastic matches - it was just a shame there wasn't more riding on the results, apart from the games at White Hart Lane and St James' Park.

Sunday also saw some real stars play for the final time: Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes. The trio all got a run out before retiring from the game and, in my book, they're all legends. Ian Wright said on the show yesterday Owen may regret not playing more towards the end of his career, but apart from that you have to say they've all been fantastic for English football. Well done to them.

I'd also like to say well done to Big Sam Allardyce. He told his board West Ham would finish in the top 10 and has delivered on that promise, with help from Kevin Nolan who scored a hat-trick against Reading on Sunday.

They were tipped by many people to be relegated at the start of the year but now they can look forward to another season in the Premier League and, after a wonderful end to a great season, so can we.

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Riley Johnson (Manchester United fan) says...

I hope england win 2-1 rooney and rooney again and neymar scores and they all brilliant goals espeicely rooney/s goal/s come on get your brians better than last time to try and win some more goals than vs rep of ireland .

Posted 15:45 2nd June 2013

Tom Bryan (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

@peter brown, unless your a football agent working on behalf of man utd or southampton, you could not possibly know what went on. Stop repeating what you read in the papers! Even if it was true, youve agreed with my point that man utd didnt cough up enough money for him. The bottom line is, that spurs have done alot for gareth bale and he owes us another season! Thats the the truth. One other point...to some dillusional man utd fans, you cant afford gareth bale!

Posted 22:49 22nd May 2013

Josh Hodge (Everton fan) says...

I disagree with you Chris because think about it Bale's goals earned Tottenham 29 points and his overall goals and assists contributed to 44% of Spurs' goals. Whereas if you remember Van Persie went for a period of time without scoring for a while and didn't contribute half as much to United's goals this season compared to Bale.

Posted 11:53 22nd May 2013

Peter Brown (Manchester United fan) says...

@ Chris Fry, without RVP last season we got 89 points the same amount we have this year and won. Man Utd are not a one man team while Spurs sure are. @Tom Bryan, Man Utd tried to sign Bale before Spurs but got rejected by Southampton. Then Spurs came in and got him without Southampton telling Man Utd. Fergie said himself if was because of Southampton we never got Bale! Bale needs to move if he wants to win trophies, Man Utd would be a good suit but I feel Spurs would demand too much money for Utd to believe it's viable. Real Madrid looks the most likely.

Posted 14:59 21st May 2013

Richie Johnson (Chelsea fan) says...

@ Chris Fry....Your boots ain't worth 50 Million though, are they? Bale deserves to be seen in the CL, Spurs cannot provide that as they are a one man team. He should go and if he does i think it will be a fantastic career move for him to UTD or a Spanish team. Spurs are over reliant on him, and Bale needs to think he's come off the back of a good season, he should move now and strike while the irons hot...An injury (without wishing) or bad form could complicate any furure move. Strike while the irons hot and go to a team challenging for the biggest trophies!

Posted 13:08 21st May 2013

Chris Fry (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Sorry Mark have to disagree, everyone says that Tottenham are one man team, like saying that without RVP Man U would not have won the trophy. If Bale goes we have enough talent coming trough to get into CL next year, U21 runner up to Utd in comp this year. I will bet my boots that Bale stays for next season so watch out

Posted 04:01 21st May 2013

Tom Bryan (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

@Mark Elstob - Tottenham paid £10mil for him when he was 17, something Man Utd didn't have the courage to do. Tottenham then actually played him at left back, moved him to play on the wing and then now in the hole, developing year by year into the player he is today. Tottenham gave him new contracts and offered him huge pay rises. Tottenham now plan to keep him and build a team around him. I think you'll find he does owe us! Please think things through unbiasedly before typing next time.

Posted 17:52 20th May 2013

Mark Elstob (Manchester United fan) says...

Nice read, as always. However. Gareth Bale has been on fire for the better part of 2 and a half seasons at Spurs now, this season he has obviously jumped up a notch but as Gary Neville said earlier in the month. Spurs would be finding it hard breaking the Top 8 let alone Top 4 without his contribution this season. He doesn't owe them anything.

Posted 15:28 20th May 2013

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