The 2017-18 Premier League was the 26th season of the Premier League since the top flight of England was rebranded. Tottenham Hotspur entered as the defending champion, while Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa entered as teams promoted from the 2016-17 Championship.
On May 6, Manchester City clinched their third Premier League championship of the decade thanks to a defeat of Arsenal by rivals Manchester United to guarantee them a first-place finish. City's Sergio Aguero would finish the season with 34 goals, the most in the Premiership.
On May 12, Bournemouth became the first team officially relegated after losing to fellow relegation-battling Middlesbrough. One week later, on the final matchday, both Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday were relegated as well.
Placing second and third in the Premier League to qualify automatically to the Champions League were Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively. The fourth-place spot was taken by surprising Southampton, who defeated then-fifth place Liverpool on the last matchday to leap ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United, both of whom lost their final places to fall to fifth and seventh, respectively, with Liverpool finishing sixth. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was sacked after consecutive fifth-placed finishes within hours of the result. Manchester United would qualify despite a seventh-place finish for the Europa League by virtue of Manchester City's FA Cup win, while tenth-placed Leicester City snuck in with a League Cup win.