This is what Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has to say about departing legend Jamie Carragher, okay?
"He’s been incredible, every word since the day he said he was going to retire that’s been said about him, what we wanted to make sure is that we finished him off with a win, because he’s a winner, he’s a colossus player for this club and he nearly goal a goal which is incredible, so it’s a good day all round, we finish the season with seven wins, four draws and a defeat, so hopefully we can continue with that consistency next season."
Here's what Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas had to say after his side's ultimately-empty victory over Sunderland.
(on Gareth Bale's penalty appeal)
"It is very, very disappointing. A penalty doesn't only change the running of the game but also the running of the other game [Newcastle v Arsenal]. We have not been awarded a penalty this season, so it would have been strange to get one now.
(On the season as a whole)
"Very good. The fact we managed so many points but did not make [the top four] shows the level has gone up. It serves as a reference for next season.
"We have done better than last season in terms of points, but not in terms of finish. We have to improve our level once more [next season]. It is a good lesson, but it's a pity to miss it as [our points return] would normally be enough to qualify."
He's a class act, is AVB. Skilfully evading what was an easy opportunity to have a pop at the referee (take note, Lord Ferg) and managing a positive appraisal of what was ultimately a very good season, despite the disappointment of how it all ended. I'm a fan.
A quick word from outgoing Everton manager David Moyes, who has wiped away the tears to give us the following soundbite about how he'd like to be spoken of amongst the Goodison faithful:
"I’d like to be remember for doing a hard working and honest job because that’s what the club stands for."
Can't say fairer than that, can you now? I personally will remember him as the man who parted with good money in exchange for Andy van der Meyde. But that's just me.
Spurs centre half and club captain Michael Dawson has also been chatting to those lovely people at Sky Sports. Here's his take on missing out on fourth spot:
"The season we've put in, the workrate, the quality we've shown and to miss out the way we have is devastating.
"At one point I heard our fans cheering so I thought Newcastle had done us a favour and then Gaz [Bale] pulls another world-class goal out. I was on my knees and then I hear it hasn't happened. It's a hard day to take again.
"I thought that was it [Champions League qualification] because of the celebrations around the ground from our fans. I didn't hear anything else but when Gaz scored I sort of picking things up that the fans were not as loud as we expected them to be."
While here's The Most Liverpudlian Man on Earth (aka Jamie Carragher) on his final appearance his Liverpool red.
"[The supporters] always have a great time at the end of the season and this is a special send off for me, it’s a day I’ll never forget.
"Yeah it is [emotoinal], I’m not the type to get too emotional, but it is emotional, I’ve got friends and family in the stand, I just wanted to concentrate on the game, we got the win that we wanted and I’ll go and enjoy myself now.
[On almost scoring on his final appearance] "I’ll have to watch it again, I thought it was in, but it’s one of those things, it gives everyone something to talk about tonight.
"I’ve been playing here a long time and it’s sad to think that I’ll never be playing here again in a competitive game, but it has to come to an end at some stage and I’ve got some great memories."
One of the defining players of the modern era, there.
Here's what Arsene Wenger had to say for himself, talking to Sky Sports after his side brought a successful end to what we can safely say has been a truly glorious season for Wenger's men now that they've secured Champions League football for another season:
"We are three points better than last year. No [I don't feel vindicated]. I do what I feel is right because these players deserved it.
"I had many groups [of players] in my life and the focus, the desire to do well was always exceptional. It's the best group I've ever had in my life on that front, and a combination of quality and attitude has been great, that's why I always felt we would come back"
Now, Wenger's claim that the current group of Arsenal players is one of the best he's ever had begs a fair few questions, but you don't need me to tell you that, now, do you?
A little further north, Sam Bisby reports from Anfield:
"In a game that has been dominated as it has today by Liverpool, you’d expect the scoreline to read something far more than 1-0, but the hosts simply could not make any more of their chances, whether it was due to poor decision making at the last or a sublime goalkeeping from Robert Green. The Reds through everything at QPR, but Philipe Coutinho’s solitary goal was just enough to get three points on the final day of a season that has brought mixed feelings for the Merseyside club. Meanwhile, QPR will go down to the Championship hoping they can cling onto their better players in order to make a solid effort in coming back up to the top-flight, but will need to be much better than they have been today if they aim to bounce back."
Wayne Veysey gives us this from that farcicial game in the Midlands:
"What a remarkable finale for Sir Alex Ferguson. His Man United team appeared to have sent him off in style by going 5-2 up at West Brom with some swashbucking football, but the Baggies scored three goals between the 80 and 85-minute mark to seal an incredible draw. Romelu Lukaku did not enter the pitch until half-time but ended a prolific loan spell at West Brom with a second-half hat-trick that will surely have been noted by incoming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho."
So that's that, ladies and gents. Another season over, and the respective final bows of Ferguson, Carragher, Scholes, Owen, Harper, and - for the moment - Wigan, Reading and QPR have all been undergone. Arsenal, as we all knew they would, pipped spurs to fourth place, while Manchester City summed up their season by playing badly and getting a substandard result. Silly amounts of goals, too. Stay tuned for all the reaction, as well as reports, player rating and features!
Charlie Scott send us the following from Up North:
"Arsenal have done it! Arsene Wenger and his side secured Champions League football for next season with a hard-earned 1-0 victory at St James' Park this afternoon, courtesy of Laurent Koscielny's well-taken volley in the second half. The Gunners were far the better side on the day, and their win was greeted with wild celebrations up in the stands to my left where their fans were seated."
In London's East End, the West Ham players are now doing a walking lap of honour following their 10th-placed finish this season. As for the game, Sam Allardyce will be unhappy with his side's sloppy start to the second half which allowed Reading a way back into the game. Kevin Nolan is the hat-trick hero this afternoon but all the chants went along the lines of 'Andy Carroll, we want you to stay'.
Tim Poole reports from Mancunia:
"So Norwich leave the Etihad victorious. And who would have thought Chris Hughton's side could score seven against Manchester City this season? Goals - and good goals at that - from Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson sealed this one, despite an impressive double from Jack Rodwell.
"It must be remembered, though, that this is a Manchester City team in transition and with nothing to play for. The Etihad will expect better next term."
And so it bloody well should, Tim.
It ends Southampton 1-1 Stoke at St Mary's with Rickie Lambert's finish cancelling out ex-Saint Peter Crouch's opener. There were a few nervy moments at the end, mostly for the visiting supporters, but in truth both sides looked happy with the draw with their Premier League survival already secured. The Saints players are due to return to the pitch for a lap of honour shortly, with the home crowd, and even some away fans, soaking up the celebratory atmosphere.
Full-Time: Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
Full-Time: Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
WHAT A COMPREHENSIVELY SUCCESSFUL SEASON IT HAS BEEN FOR ARSENAL AS THEY SECURE 4TH PLACE AHEAD OF SPURS ON THE FINAL DAY! THEIR FANS NEED NEVER WORRY AGAIN, BECAUSE THEY CAN BASK IN THE GLORY OF FOURTH SPOT ALL SUMMER LONG!!
Arsenal look like they'll hang onto their lead and with it 4th place. Newcastle aren't making the most of their posession and time is almost up...
FULL-TIME: Liverpool 1-0 QPR
A Newcastle goal would put Spurs into the Champions League. There's 3 minutes to play at St James' as Theo Walcott has just hit the post after a magnificent run through the heart of the Newcastle defence.
That's game set and match for West Ham. Modibo Maiga is allowed too much space on the right flank and the forward offers an inviting cross for Kevin Nolan, who prods the ball past Alex McCarthy to complete his hat-trick.