On this day: De Gea replacements, Arsenal thrashing and Hazard kicks a ball-boy!

David De Gea Spain

On the 23rd January 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 23rd 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 23rd January 2013…

Five in the Arsenal

Arsenal won their first league game of 2013 after thrashing West Ham at The Emirates 5-1.

Things certainly did not start off well for The Gunners - and fans would have feared the worst when Jack Collison gave The Hammers an 18th minute lead in North London.

However, after drawing with Southampton and losing to Chelsea and Manchester City in their previous 2013 league ties Arsenal were determined not to falter again - and ran rampant for the next 40 minutes.

Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud (2), Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott all scored before the 57th minute of the game to send a message to the Premier League that they were back in business.

They went on to win more points in the calendar year than any other Premier League team.

Kicking Hazard

In one of the more incredible stories of the year Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was forced to apologise as the club exited the Capital One Cup at the hands of Swansea City - after he kicked a ball boy.

It is almost hard to believe that it is 12 months since cheeky ball boy Charlie Morgan got in the way of Hazard’s chase of a losing tie.

Hazard was sent off - and after the game apologised for his actions:

“The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball. I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise."

There was also an amazing backlash against the ball boy for his behaviour.

Multimillion pound footballer kicks 17-year-old volunteer and the latter somehow got the blame - for copying the antics of professional footballer’s week-in-week-out with his timewasting and theatrics.

That makes sense?

David De Goer

Manchester United were reportedly looking for new goalkeepers - as reports began to surface the club were not satisfied with the erratic performances of Spanish incumbent David De Gea.

He was reportedly angling for a move back to Spain - and the club were said more than happy to oblige him.

A year later he is recovering after making a horrendous error against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final last night - but there is no talk about him leaving.

He came of age against Real Madrid in the Champions League last season and went on to be crowned Premier League Goalkeeper of the Season after an excellent second six months of 2012-13.

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