On this day: Arsenal rampant, AVB with three games to save job and Fellaini watched


On the 15th September 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Southampton,

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 15th 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 15th September 2012…

Six education

Arsenal dealt out a thrashing at The Emirates, giving Southampton a footballing education in North London.

It was own goals from Jos Hooiveld and Nathanial Clyne that complimented strikes from Lukas Podolski, Gervinho (2) and Theo Walcott as Wojciech Szczesny’s blunder gifted Danny Fox the chance to five Saints a consolation before half-time - but the final score of 6-1 was not flattering of The Gunners dominance.

It left Southampton bottom of the table without a point and seemingly doomed, while Arsene Wenger declared his side title contenders after this performance.

Arsenal finished fourth and Southampton survived comfortably in 14th position come the end of the season.

Levy for AVB

It was reported that morning 12 months ago that Andre Villas-Boas had just three games to save his Tottenham Hotspur job. It came after a disappointing home draw with Norwich City, where some fans booed their team off the pitch.

The claim was that Daniel Levy would not wait to see his team lose to many points early doors, and sack AVB later - rather he would act fast.

Fast forward 12 months and AVB has been backed in the transfer market more than any Spurs manager in history - not to mention the club tore the same opposition Norwich to shreds at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Three games to save his job … good one.

Mara-on his way

Manchester United were said to be keeping tabs on Everton midfielder Maraoune Fellaini. The Belgian shone in Everton’s opening day win against United - scoring the winning goal at Goodison Park.

Moyes said at the time:

“Whatever happens now, whatever Fellaini says, he is here for at least the next four months. He might be here even longer than that, I don’t know. What I do know for ­certain, though, is that ­Fellaini has got a five-year contract here. So clubs can circle, but the window has just shut, and we’re in a strong ­position as far as his ­contract is concerned.”

A year later and Moyes has just signed the midfielder for Manchester United and gave him his debut yesterday.


image: © Vladimir Maiorov

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