On this day: Giroud 'better than' RVP start, Wilshere shines and Suarez raises doubts

Giroud Celebrates

On the 6th February 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Liverpool and England.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 6th February 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 6th February 2013…

'Who needs Van Persie, we've got Giroud?'

French striker Olivier Giroud was talking about his first season at Arsenal - quickly reminding people that he had shown better form than that of the recently departed Robin van Persie.

RVP had just left for Manchester United in a big money move - which left many a Gooner inconsolable.

But Giroud, who had received some criticism for his performances at the club, was quick to point out that his record of 14 goals in 33 games was four more than RVP managed in 41 games back in 2004-05:

“Since the beginning of the season, I registered 14 goals and given 11 assists. For the first season...It's better than the beginning Van Persie had, even though when he arrived at Arsenal, he was younger.”

Samba sunk

England defeated Brazil at Wembley in an impressive performance from the Three Lions side. But it was the performance of Jack Wilshere that caught the eye.

He was excellent for his country, after a period of time out of England contention - this was his best performance since his comeback.

Joe Hart saved a penalty as Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard goals either side of a strike from Fred did the business for Roy Hodgson’s men in a 2-1 win.

'Content for now'

Luis Suarez gave his first hint of a potential exit in the summer - as he admitted wanting Champions League football.

The Uruguayan had been linked with the likes of Real Madrid - and stated about his future a year ago...

"Yes, we should talk this June or the next one, in 2014. My contract ends in 2018. My family is very happy here and I'm living a dream: playing for a club that every kid wants to play for. So we're content, for now."

In the end Suarez came very close to leaving the club in the summer - with Arsenal the main pursuers.

However, in the end he stayed and signed an extension to his deal at Anfield.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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