Short takes

 

• Much was made of a supposed stadium-wide fan protest against Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, with signs handed out that were to be held up 12 minutes from the beginning and end of the game, in reference to the 12 seasons since the Gunners last won the title. In the event, perhaps 200 signs were held up, and any verbal protest was drowned out by most of the stadium singing “There’s only one Arsene Wenger.” Clearly the manager still retains plenty of support.

• Leicester City officially clinched the Premier League title Monday evening, and it’s hard to describe just how taken with the Foxes everyone in England is. The sports sections of every paper could be confused with the most prolific of Leicester fan newsletters; even days later, every edition still contained pages and pages of coverage.

• Give Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp a ton of credit. He hasn’t even been on the job for a full season yet, and he already seems to have remade the Reds into his preferred high-energy style. Liverpool has reached the final of the Europa League; if it can knock off Sevilla, Klopp will have already taken Liverpool back into the Champions League.