On this day: 'Deadly' Walcott, Chelsea wanted eventual Willian replacement

On the 29th November 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 29th November 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 29th November 2012…


Theo Walcott was in the news a lot this time last year … as he continued to be linked with an exit from the club due to his expiring contract.

However he was in good form - and spoke of that upturn in fortunes to the Arsenal official website:

“Those are the sort of positions that this season and in the last few seasons I have been quite deadly in. When given a little sniff I am able to take it now. The goals show that.”

Arsenal will hope a returning to fitness Walcott rediscovers that form.

Chelsea want a bite of Taison

Chelsea were linked with a move for Brazilian forward Taison. The talented former Internacional player is close friends with Oscar so The Blues felt the midfielder could help the Metalist Kharkiv player move to Stamford Bridge - after being impressed with his Europa League performances.

Taison never arrived and replaced now-Chelsea player Willian at Shakhtar Donetsk when he moved to Anzhi in January.

Tale of two at City

Two managers were linked with the Manchester City job - two big managers. Jose Mourinho was reportedly waiting for Roberto Mancini to get the sack at The Etihad while it was also reported that the then Premier League champions had agreed a pre-contract deal with Pep Guardiola through their Barca contacts.

Jose is now back at Chelsea while Pep is at Bayern Munich - so these reports proved unfounded.

Bale-ing out

Andre Villas-Boas admitted for the first time that Gareth Bale could be on his way at the end of the season.

After Bale downed Liverpool in the same week AVB stated:

"Obviously Tottenham as a football club want to keep him here for as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions and a market which is the nature of the game."

Bale did leave, for a world record fee this summer, joining Real Madrid.

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