Football: Spurs finish third after 5-1 loss at Newcastle, Arsenal claim second, City seal fourth

Olivier Giroud celebrates with Nacho Monreal after scoring the first goal for Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League at Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016.
Olivier Giroud celebrates with Nacho Monreal after scoring the first goal for Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League at Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Tottenham Hotspur fluffed their last-day lines with a 5-1 defeat at relegated, 10-man Newcastle that left them third in the English Premier League, behind bitter north London rivals Arsenal, who thrashed bottom side Aston Villa 4-0.

The Magpies' swashbuckling performance - with two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and one from Aleksandar Mitrovic, sent off in the 67th minute for a bad foul on Kyle Walker - may have gone some way to persuading Rafa Benitez to stay on as their manager in the Championship.

Erik Lamela pulled one back for Spurs on the hour when they were 0-2 down but Newcastle recovered their two-goal lead with a Wijnaldum penalty for a Jan Vertonghen foul on the busy Moussa Sissoko, a thorn in the visiting defence.

Spurs, who had needed just a point to finish second and above Arsenal for the first time since 1995, were left shell-shocked as substitute Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat added further goals in the last five minutes.

Arsenal finished second on 71 points, 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester, and one ahead of Spurs.

Arsenal took an early lead against Villa through Olivier Giroud and the French striker added two late goals to complete his hat-trick, before Mark Bunn's stoppage-time own goal completed the rout.

Leicester drew 1-1 at deposed title holders Chelsea, ending a remarkable season for Claudio Ranieri's team.

Cesc Fabregas' second-half penalty for the Blues looked set to condemn Leicester to only their fourth defeat of the season but Danny Drinkwater rescued a point for the Foxes with a stunning long-distance strike.

Manchester City drew 1-1 at Swansea to finish fourth. They needed a point to make sure of claiming the final Champions League qualifying spot and made the perfect start when Kelechi Iheanacho fired them ahead after five minutes.

Swansea equalised on the stroke of half-time through Andre Ayew's deflected free kick and the visitors endured a few nervy moments in Manuel Pellegrini's last match in charge before celebrating the point they needed.

Southampton climbed to fifth with a 4-1 victory over FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace but West Ham's hopes of a top-six finish ended following a 1-2 loss at Stoke.