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Scudamore: It was compelling from start to finish

7 Jun 2018
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Executive Chairman takes pride in how 2017/18 started and ended in style and has special praise for Salah and Wenger

Excitement. Heartbreak. Elation. The 2017/18 season was packed full of emotion for clubs, players and fans all across the world.

Manchester City's record-breaking champions dominated the headlines, but the many subplots of the Premier League meant that it was a captivating campaign right from the beginning through to the very end.

"It started with a bang: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City, followed by Watford 3-3 Liverpool. It was an absolutely excellent start," says Richard Scudamore, the Executive Chairman, in an interview for the Premier League's official season review, This Is Premier League.

"There were some compelling Manchester derbies: the 2-1 and then the 2-3 towards the end of the season, which was quite remarkable. And then we ended the final day of the season with a 5-4 between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester, so the whole thing was very compelling and exciting from start to finish."

Scudamore saved praise for Mohamed Salah for his performances on the pitch for Liverpool and impact off it.

"What a fantastic season he's had," says Scudamore. "With 32 goals, to beat Suarez, Ronaldo and Shearer to be the person who's scored the most in a season is a fantastic achievement.

"He's made headlines everywhere. Certainly not just in Egypt but throughout the world! The name Mo Salah is now on everybody's lips."

Scudamore also saves special word for Arsene Wenger, who waved goodbye to Arsenal in May after 22 years as manager, a period in which the Frenchman helped define what the Premier League is today.

"Twenty-two years is a long time in any job," Scudamore says. "In football, in top-flight management, it's incredible.

"When he came along he took the game to a new level. When people talk now about the culture around the Premier League, the professionalism around Premier League clubs, it's really Arsene Wenger who set that standard."

See: This is Premier League

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