5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend


Champions-elect Leicester were made to wait to clinch the Premier League title after a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Here we look at some of the talking points from the weekend's action.

1. Start planning a King Power party

A Leicester City fan waving a inflatable Premier League trophy
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Leicester's draw at Old Trafford denied them the chance to clinch the Premier League title but it did, however, tee up a potential perfect finish to a fairytale season. It is somewhat fitting that the club with the best home record should get the chance to make history in front of their own fans. Claudio Ranieri's Foxes have exactly that opportunity at the King Power against Everton next Saturday. A 5.30pm kick-off will only heighten the anticipation - and if Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea on Monday, the celebrations will begin a full five days before that.

2. Rafa's Magpies look capable of avoiding the drop

Rafa Benitez congratulates goalie Karl Darlow
(Richard Sellers/PA)

Victory over Crystal Palace lifted Newcastle out of the bottom three for the first time since February as they made it eight points from their past four matches. That form is the joint-best over the same period along with the top three of Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal and sixth-placed West Ham. Their great escape could receive a significant boost next week as they head to Aston Villa, currently on an 11-game losing streak.

3. City's academy looks set to start making repayments

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester's cash-rich club have spent about £200 million on their youth set-up in an attempt to find their own future stars rather than always spending the considerable wealth of owner Sheikh Mansour. Having seen near-neighbours United build a winning dynasty with academy products in the form of the Class of 92, City are keen to do the same. The first one to make a considerable impact this season is the 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho, who may not have come through the ranks having joined two years ago after leaving his Nigeria homeland, but has still become a genuine first-team player. Iheanacho's two goals in the 4-2 defeat at Southampton took his tally to 13 in 32 appearances. To put that into perspective, Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony - a £28 million signing from Swansea in January last year - has managed just 10 goals in 44 games.

4. Arsene in or out?

Arsenal fans in the stands holding
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Arsenal fans still cannot decide whether to agree or not on if Arsene Wenger's time is up. Supporters had rallied before Saturday's 1-0 win over Norwich, calling for in-game protests in the 12th and 78th minutes. But only a handful of those who attended the game bothered to hold up the A4 placards as the protest turned into something of a damp squib. The Gunners are still on course for an 18th successive top-four finish, so maybe fans should be careful for what they wish for.

5. Plane stupid protest at Goodison Park

Everton fan protest
( Martin Rickett/PA)

Protests were also the order of the day at Goodison Park where one group of fans clubbed together to fly a plane overhead at half-time with the message 'Time to go Roberto'. In truth, it is a made-for-television stunt as people in the ground struggle to read it - while the Main Stand's roof obscured the banner from the assembled written media and radio. About a 100 fans remained in the ground after the game to register their opposition with chants and banners, but with only the stewards for company that also fell a bit flat.