On this day: Wenger 'likes' £52m superstar, but denies Arsenal deal; Fletcher out for the season

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On the 17th January 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 17th January 2014, 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 17th January 2013…

Edin in the right direction

Just as soon as it appeared Arsenal were ready to bid an obscene amount of money to get hold of Edinson Cavani - the rumour dissipated.

The Uruguayan goal machine had been banging in the goals for Napoli and had a rumoured release clause in his contract of £52 million - money Arsenal certainly had but were not willing to pay.

Wenger admitted being a huge fan of the player, stating:

“I like him as a player. Will he cost a lot of money? That's for sure. Nobody would deny that. Our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player."

So he had Arsenal fans licking their lips - only to immediately pull the rug from underneath them - admitting any deal was far from likely:

“Napoli are playing for the championship and the Champions League in Italy. What is the interest of Napoli to sell Cavani? None. Unless you come there and, say, ‘OK, we pay twice the price of what the player is worth’. On top of that, all the players who can strengthen us are cup-tied in the Champions League.”

Bowel me over

Manchester United star Darren Fletcher was ruled out for the rest of the season - after he had surgery to alleviate the symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

The Scot had already taken one break from the game in 2011 because of the condition - and had only made 13 appearances since that time off.

After almost a year out he returned on the 15th December last year - and finally looked back to his best against Swansea City last weekend.

Getting Holt of him early

Tottenham began putting the pieces together to bring Lewis Holtby in to the club early.

The German international has already agreed a Bosman deal for the end of the season - but after Sandro ruptured knee ligaments and was ruled out for the rest of the season they asked Schalke 04 if they could get their hands on him a little early.

11 days later they signed Holtby for €1.75 million - and a year later he might be about to head back to Gelsenkirchen.

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