On this day: Arsenal fans 'deluded' says club hero; Vertonghen reveals Gunners snub

Jan Vertonghen

On the 14th December 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 14th December 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 14th December 2012…

Wenger not the Wright man

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright turned on his former manager Arsene Wenger in the press. At the time Arsenal had just lost to Bradford in the League Cup and been woefully out of form across all competitions.

But Wright offered a voice to that opinion as a man who had worked with Wenger in the past.

And the one time record goalscorer for the club let out his emotions on a radio talkshow:

“There’s a lot of deluded Arsenal fans, who are out in the wilderness, still saying "In Arsene We Trust" and all that. It is a unique position that Wenger is in – I think that any other manager in any country, in any world, with a record like this and no prospect of light at the end of the tunnel – they would have been gone by now.”

There certainly seems to be light at the tunnel 12 months on. Despite losing two games on the bounce they are in the final 16 of the Champions League and top the Premier League table.

I’m no Petit

Jan Vertonghen revealed why he rejected a move to Arsenal in the summer of 2012.

The Belgian international eventually arrived at White Hart Lane for an undisclosed fee but admitted he had spoken about an Arsenal move with Wenger - but they disagreed on his best position:

“They wanted me to be a controller in the midfield, an Emmanuel Petit-type. I'm not afraid of competition, but the overall picture of Spurs appealed to me more."

He also made it clear that he came to Spurs to play at centre-back - something he has not recently been doing.

Double or nothing

Former Liverpool sporting director Damien Comolli revealed that the club had forced Chelsea into doubling their offer for Fernando Torres in January 2011.

He cost Chelsea £50 million - but the initial offer was half of that:

“Chelsea kept bidding higher and higher, until we got to a point where the difference between their first and final bid was double.”

image: © Gypsy Saskia

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