On this day: Arsenal ‘a feeder club’, Ba ‘doesn’t understand’ and Torres return

On the 18th September 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 18th 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 18th September 2012…

Feeding time

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams had a few choice words to say about his beloved Gunners a year ago. After a summer which saw Alex Song and Robin van Persie joining Cesc Fabregas, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri to name a few big name players Arsenal had sold over the years - as well as, at the time, a growing feeling that Theo Walcott would join the exodus - he was bemused by goings on at his former team:

“I expect Arsenal to roll them over because I don’t think Montpellier are the talent they were last year. This time last year, it would have been a very interesting game. It’s a bit like us playing Manchester United before we sold our centre-forward, Robin van Persie, to them. “It’s the same scenario with Montpellier and Olivier Giroud — we’ve become a feeder club and it’s like different levels of clubs all of a sudden…They[Arsenal] have sent out the wrong message piece by piece for seven years and it chips away at your credibility. Selling your best players is part of that.”


After being left on the bench for what was eventually a thoroughly entertaining draw between Everton and Newcastle United Demba Ba was perplexed by his role at the club. These were the words of his agent Alex Gontran:

"Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn't understand the management. If he continues to be a substitute all season, we'll look at other solutions."

Ba scored both Newcastle’s goals in that game but his happiness at the club did not improve. In January he moved to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.

According to Damien Comolli, speaking a year ago, Liverpool were all ready to make a move for Fernando Torres in the summer of 2012.

Torres had toiled at Stamford Bridge ever since moving to London from Merseyside for a whopping £50 million fee.

Comolli was director of football at the time and was all ready to make the move happen… but he was then fired in April and didn’t get the chance.


image: © Nigel Wilson

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