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Everton in talks with Cuco Martina over signing Southampton defender

• The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month
• Koeman wants cover due to Seamus Coleman’s long-term injury

Everton have held talks with Cuco Martina over signing the Southampton defender on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month and open to a move having failed to secure a regular place in Claude Puel’s team this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions.

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The Dozen’s dozen: our pick of this season’s best Premier League photos

As the curtain comes down on the 2016-17 Premier League season, we’ve had a look through our weekly roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight and picked out our favourite 12 pictures

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the final weekend’s action

Jürgen Klopp must reinstate fear factor at Anfield; Southampton’s expectation levels threaten Claude Puel; Antonio Conte sees Arsenal as FA Cup favourites

Ronald Koeman was not in the mood to bite when the issue of Ross Barkley’s present and future was presented to him at the end of a flip-flop, relaxed, season-wind-down at Arsenal. Koeman gives the impression he would not be too fussed if an enigmatic homegrown talent headed for the exit during the close season. Still sitting on the contract offer from the club, Barkley was dropped to the bench this weekend and when he came on there was not much in the way of impact. “My focus is to improve the team,” Koeman said. “We will see if there is interest in players. They will knock on the door and talk to the board of the club and, if that happens, then we will speak to each other about that situation.” A statement on Barkley is due on Monday and it wouldn’t be a great surprise for the end of this Goodison story to be nigh. Amy Lawrence

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Arsenal fans turn on Stan Kroenke after ‘Spursdays’ finally arrive | Amy Lawrence

Focus of anger moves from Arsène Wenger to club’s American owner after downgrade to Europa League that followed final-day defeat of Everton

The sun burned, Champions League hopes evaporated, and all of a sudden the lightning rod for Arsenal supporters’ disillusionment moved away from the man in the dugout and out towards the Atlantic. The chant started in the North Bank and suddenly spread, growing in urgency as it coursed around the stadium: “Stan Kroenke – get out of our club.”

The news that broke last week about Alisher Usmanov’s $1.3bn bid for the majority shareholding held by Arsenal’s American investor has broadened the conversation about the club’s status and ambitions. While the disaffected have generally pointed their fingers at Wenger, the club’s direction above and beyond the manager is now under scrutiny. Kroenke is expected in England next week before the FA Cup final. The microscope is not something he welcomes but the lens will inevitably focus in. The Kroenke model across his sports franchises tends not to reach for the stars and Arsenal’s fanbase want a say about that.

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Arsenal fans turn on Stan Kroenke after ‘Spursdays’ finally arrive | Amy Lawrence

Focus of anger moves from Arsène Wenger to club’s American owner after downgrade to Europa League that followed final-day defeat of Everton

The sun burned, Champions League hopes evaporated, and all of a sudden the lightning rod for Arsenal supporters’ disillusionment moved away from the man in the dugout and out towards the Atlantic. The chant started in the North Bank and suddenly spread, growing in urgency as it coursed around the stadium: “Stan Kroenke – get out of our club.”

The news that broke last week about Alisher Usmanov’s $1.3bn bid for the majority shareholding held by Arsenal’s American investor has broadened the conversation about the club’s status and ambitions. While the disaffected have generally pointed their fingers at Wenger, the club’s direction above and beyond the manager is now under scrutiny. Kroenke is expected in England next week before the FA Cup final. The microscope is not something he welcomes but the lens will inevitably focus in. The Kroenke model across his sports franchises tends not to reach for the stars and Arsenal’s fanbase want a say about that.

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Arsenal beat Everton with 10 men but miss out on Champions League place

Another day at the Emirates Stadium; another mutiny to reflect the bitter frustration among the Arsenal fanbase. This time the target was not Arsène Wenger, the beleaguered manager, but Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder. “Stan Kroenke, get out of our club” was the cry on the hour and it would get a series of airings, each one louder than the previous.

This was a seismic moment in Arsenal’s modern history. Nobody really expected Liverpool or Manchester City to slip up and allow Wenger and his team the chance to nip in and secure qualification to the Champions League, and they did not. And so, for the first time since 1997-98, Wenger and his club must move into a season without the spur of participation in Europe’s elite competition.

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Arsenal v Everton: Premier League – live!

3.44pm BST

44 min: A reminder of why Lukaku is the Premier League’s second top-scorer. The cross comes in and, despite being shoved by Bellerin, he manages to leap and send the ball arcing towards goal – it takes a good save from Cech to deny him.

3.41pm BST

41 min: A lovely cross from Barkley misses just about everyone until Arsenal prod it clear. Everton could easily be level in this game if their finishing at been a little sharper.

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Arsenal v Everton: Premier League – live!

3.44pm BST

44 min: A reminder of why Lukaku is the Premier League’s second top-scorer. The cross comes in and, despite being shoved by Bellerin, he manages to leap and send the ball arcing towards goal – it takes a good save from Cech to deny him.

3.41pm BST

41 min: A lovely cross from Barkley misses just about everyone until Arsenal prod it clear. Everton could easily be level in this game if their finishing at been a little sharper.

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Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Manchester City

Featuring: Leicester’s winter of discontent; Mamadou Sakho tackling a referee; and the explosive moment Chelsea took the title
Part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

Pre-season prediction 1st; Position now 5th

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Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Manchester City

Featuring: Leicester’s winter of discontent; Mamadou Sakho tackling a referee; and the explosive moment Chelsea took the title
Part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

Pre-season prediction 1st; Position now 5th

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Arsenal v Everton: match preview

The sweet relief of knowing whether Arsène Wenger intends to remain the manager of Arsenal is close. But before the hyperbole ends Arsenal will attempt to complete their mistimed excellent run of form against Everton. They have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League but only if Liverpool or Manchester City slip up. If not, Arsenal will join Everton in the Europa League. Graham Searles

Kick-off Sunday 3pm

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Ronald Koeman ‘not confident’ Ross Barkley will stay at Everton next season

• Midfielder has yet to inform manager if he will sign new contract
• Koeman: We need an answer after the weekend

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will stay with the club but is “not worried” about the situation.

Koeman says the Toffees are looking for players who operate in Barkley’s position irrespective of whether or not the 23-year-old midfielder signs a new deal, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2018.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford

The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – lifting the Premier League trophy, followed by a teary-eyed farewell speech to the fans. Sunday is the end of an era for Terry, his club and their opponents Sunderland, relegated at last after 10 successive top-flight seasons. Terry’s beer-glass-emptying, disabled-bay-filling, rival-abusing, full-kit-wearing past means he gets little love from rival fans, but on the field his record for Chelsea has been one of astonishing consistency and achievement. This week he said he had “still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football”, and having seen his England captaincy come to a sudden and humiliating end, and his international career follow it in short order, he must be sorely tempted to enjoy one loud, loving, self-determined send-off. SB

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford

The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – lifting the Premier League trophy, followed by a teary-eyed farewell speech to the fans. Sunday is the end of an era for Terry, his club and their opponents Sunderland, relegated at last after 10 successive top-flight seasons. Terry’s beer-glass-emptying, disabled-bay-filling, rival-abusing, full-kit-wearing past means he gets little love from rival fans, but on the field his record for Chelsea has been one of astonishing consistency and achievement. This week he said he had “still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football”, and having seen his England captaincy come to a sudden and humiliating end, and his international career follow it in short order, he must be sorely tempted to enjoy one loud, loving, self-determined send-off. SB

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Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Chelsea and Spurs face challenges of a differing kind despite their success, Paul Clement justified his appointment and Marco Silva is likely to leave Hull

Related: Rainbows and tears on Tottenham’s last day at White Hart Lane | David Hytner

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Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Chelsea and Spurs face challenges of a differing kind despite their success, Paul Clement justified his appointment and Marco Silva is likely to leave Hull

Related: Rainbows and tears on Tottenham’s last day at White Hart Lane | David Hytner

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

Follow us on Instagram for more great sports photography

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