Sunday 22 July 2018

How social media reacted to the 2017-18 Premier League season

A look back at the best social media output from the Premier League this season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has over 5million Twitter followers
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has over 5million Twitter followers

By Press Association Sport staff

Piano playing, sharks and giraffes – the 2017-18 Premier League season certainly produced a varied range of social media output.

Press Association Sport looks back at some of the posts that particularly caught the eye.

Signings

Clubs have been going to town in recent times in terms of marking the arrival of new signings with videos, and Manchester United released this memorable effort when Alexis Sanchez completed his January switch from Arsenal.

The same transfer window saw West Ham go video game retro, with the club depicting loan signing Joao Mario in a Super Mario style.

As for players themselves – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has shown himself to be more than comfortable with self-promotion, as demonstrated by this image that appeared on his official social media pages when it was announced he was re-signing for United in August.

I UNITED it Manchester United

Posted by Zlatan Ibrahimović on Thursday, August 24, 2017

A save and a goal

Continuing the religious theme: Burnley showed some quick wit when their goalkeeper Nick Pope kept out an effort from Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus in October.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had quite a battle for the Golden Boot before the latter secured the prize, finishing two goals clear of his rival on 32 – a new Premier League record in a 38-game season. Amid that battle, Salah posted a notable message on Twitter in April. It came shortly after it was announced Kane had been awarded Spurs’ second goal in a win against Stoke following an appeal to the league’s goal accreditation appeals panel.

For the kids

Salah, who was named the Premier League, PFA and FWA player of the season, has had a stunning campaign – and he certainly gave 20 schoolchildren a pleasant shock in March as he burst through a paper wall while they took part in what they thought was a commentary competition at Anfield.

Who says school isn't great fun?

A post shared by Mohamed Salah (@mosalah) on

There was also a treat that month for children in champions Manchester City’s academy. With Argentina training at the club’s facilities ahead of a friendly against Italy at the Etihad Stadium, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero went to meet City’s under-sevens and under-eights.

Messages for managerial greats

In May, David Beckham posted an image from the past of a young player with a star of the game – a famous picture of himself alongside his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, accompanied by a message of support to the 13-time Premier League winner following the news he had undergone emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.

Ferguson’s old foe Arsene Wenger announced in April that he would be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season after almost 22 years as their manager, prompting messages of gratitude from various current and former Gunners, such as this one from Mesut Ozil.

Shark Team

A familiar sight this season was Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy, who was sidelined by injury for much of the campaign, referring to the Blues in a tweet as the ‘Shark Team’ – like this one, following a 4-0 win at Swansea in December.

City embraced the moniker, as shown by this tweet sent out that evening as they celebrated setting a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins (the run would extend to 18 matches)

It was also part of a gesture of support the club made after Mendy ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in September.

Best of the rest

Towards the end of the season, City showcased a creative way in which they had marked winning the title, involving light projections across the world.

Earlier in the campaign, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere showed his self-deprecating side.

And before it all began, Stoke’s Peter Crouch – who has amused plenty with his postings over the years – sent out a “family” tweet of his own.

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