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Year 2012 FA cup final in may will see two teams that had quite miserable Premier League campaigns this season. Both teams (Liverpool and Chelsea) will both look to end their seasons on highs with the FA Cup final being a trophy that both clubs can fall back on and depict the season as ‘worthwhile’. Both clubs overcame city rivals. Liverpool edged Everton on a late header from Andy Carroll, while Chelsea ruined Tottenham’s hopes of getting to the final, by a scoreline of 1-5

For Liverpool it will be their 2nd visit to Wembley for a Cup final after their Carling Cup success in February this year. The bright side for them is Andy Carroll who has now scored 2 goals in as many games which have both earned Liverpool wins over Blackburn Rovers and Everton. A final against Chelsea will be a memorable one for Liverpool and gives them a great opportunity to win their 8th ever FA Cup.

For Chelsea it was a ghost goal which helped them to set up a final FA Cup clash with Liverpool.For blues it is likely to be their best opportunity at silverware this season as Barcelona await in the champions league semi-finals and it’s hard to see them progressing any further.The records do read very well for Chelsea, having appeared in 3 of the last 5 FA Cup finals and winning all 3 of them. They’ve recovered extremely well under their new coach and the FA Cup would be fitting send off for di Matteo’s work at the club in his short stay as he looks unlikely to be handed the job full time unless he can bring home the desperately craved Champions League trophy.

The Losers

Everton

Even before all the final day drama the transfer window had been a dismal failure for the Merseysiders who hadn’t spent a single pound.So for the Toffees to lose Mikel Arteta in the closing moments of deadline day and not have time to find a worthwhile replacement was a disaster.

The only major signings were loan deals for Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi – both unproven in the Premier League with the former a major flop at Real Madrid. Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford have moved on, leaving an injury prone Louis Saha and a raw Victor Anichebe as the club’s only recognised strikers.

For Moyes to now even consolidate on last season’s 7th spot would be an incredible achievement. But knowing David Moyes I am sure he will make something happen.

Arsenal

Yes I know the deadline day was a success but over the whole window Arsenal have lost out in a big way.In fact, Manchester United’s 8-2 hammering or mauling or thumping call it what you may like to, of the Gunners could be a blessing in disguise as it finally forced Arsene Wenger to add to his depleted squad.

Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have been replaced by Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun but while they may not be of the same calibre, they are much needed if they are a little desperate signings. Gervinho also arrived to strengthen the attack .

Defensively Wenger has brought in Per Mertesacker, which is a positive move, but question marks remain over fellow arrivals Andre Santos and forward Chu Young Park and their ability to mix it in the Premier League. Before deadline day, Arsenal’s summer business looked a dismal failure but deadline day deals have improved the squad .

Aston villa

Despite finishing in the top half, Villa spent most of last season battling against relegation.It could have been worse had they not had Stewart Downing and Ashley Young in their ranks. But so impressive were the two wingers they were snapped up early in the transfer window by Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

Alex McLeish responded by signing Charles N’Zogbia and Spurs duo Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas, but that has only stopped Villa falling further behind rather than improved the squad that ended the last campaign.Shay Given’s arrival to replace Brad Friedel is good business but their transfer window is headlined by the relative ease in which they allowed their star players to leave.

Wigan athletic

There was plenty of times last term where Latics looked doomed for relegation and on each occasion they battled back, it all came through winger Charles N’Zogbia and Tom Cleverley.While the former has now joined Villa the latter has gone back to his parent club.

Roberto Martinez tried to find  replacements but only succeeded in bringing in Shaun Maloney  and pint sized  Albert Crusat from Almeria in La Liga.The only other major additions to a side that struggled to beat the drop last season are Wolves’ David Jones and Chelsea’s Patrick van Aanholt on loan.

On paper at least it points to another season of toiling at the wrong end of the table.

Newcastle united

The exodus that started in January with the departure of Andy Carroll, went into full swing during the summer.The situation at the club was so bad for skipper Kevin Nolan that de dropped a division to join West Ham, while crucial players Joey Barton and Jose Enrique also showed their displeasure in the north east prior to their departures.

Alan Pardew has worked on finding replacements and has done well to bring in Davide Santon from Inter Milan and Yohan Cabaye from French champions Lille both of whom are talented blokes.The search for Andy Carroll’s replacement goes on but another test will be how the new signings replace the old spine in the team.