On this day: Lloris sulks, Drogba to Arsenal and Hillsborough report

Hugo Lloris

On the 12th September 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 12th September 2013, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 12th September 2012…

Hugo bossed

Tottenham Hotspur’s signing of French international captain and number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was lauded last summer as one of the deals of 2012. But a year ago things were not rosy for Lloris in North London. He was sitting on the bench as Brad Friedel retained his position as the number one custodian.

It was utter madness, and even had people suggesting he could be on his way in January after Didier Deschamps meddled and publicly declared how upset Lloris was at being on the bench.

It all seemed to be coming to a head exactly a year ago, as once again Lloris passive-aggressively revealed his disenchantment.

In the end, it took a while, but Lloris did usurp Friedel - becoming the number one stopper in November and this season he looks capable of being one of their star players, already putting in some excellent performances at the start of the campaign.

But people forget how messy this situation was becoming just 12 months ago.

Les ‘Injury’ Bleus

Abou Diaby started last season like a man possessed at both international and club level - but soon picked up a hip injury on international duty with France, a trip Arsene Wenger told Les Bleus boss Deschamps he did not want Diaby to make.

But a year ago Wenger said he could return within days from his hip problem.

In the end the niggling problem troubled him into the New Year and then, in March this year, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and hasn’t played since.

His injury nightmare continues.

You have Drog to be kidding me!?

Ludicrous rumour alert! Arsenal to sign Didier Drogba!

The former Chelsea man’s Chinese adventure with Shanghai Shenhua had gone belly-up and he was preparing to prematurely end his contract, as boardroom strife threatened his lucrative £200k-a-week salary.

Obviously Drogba would never have joined Chelsea’s London rivals and he ended up at Galatasaray in January.

Justice for the 96

The report on the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died, was released to the general public - amid widespread shock and indignation.

The report finally accepted that the fans were not at blame for the deaths and that police and emergency services did not act quickly enough to save the lives of those that passed away.

Sadly, another year on, and even more questions are being asked … and are not being answered.


image: © Stanislav Vedmid

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