On this day: Cazorla gushes over start, Liverpool kit nightmare, £16m for Benteke

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On the 8th February 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Chelsea.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 8th 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 8th February 2013…

Cazorla talks about his good start

Santi Cazorla was talking about his happiness at Arsenal a year ago today.

The former Malaga playmaker had impressed since his arrival at The Emirates Stadium - saying his happiness was due to Arsenal’s style of play being so similar to that of the football he has played in the past back in his Spanish homeland:

“For me it is important to go out onto the pitch and be comfortable, and that has been the case since the first game. I have always been at ease on the pitch. In my case too, you do not notice much difference between Arsenal and playing in Spain, because we are also a side who like to play with the ball.”

They certainly didn’t play like Spain a year to the day later - thrashed by Liverpool 5-1.

Garish kit from Liverpool

The new Liverpool away kit was leaked online - and it was not a sight for sore eyes.

The trippy and rather maniacal patterning on the front has fans in unison declaring it as one of the worst football kits ever concocted.

It was hoped it might be a hoax - but no, it soon became clear this was their new change strip - making opposing players feel sick ever since.

Double or nothing for Benteke

Christian Benteke was being linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur a year ago - with Paul Lambert making it clear he would not be cheap.

He stated that the Belgian striker’s value would have doubled in his first season at the club - taking his overall value to a whopping £16 million at least:

“When the guy came into Villa, people were saying to me 'who is he and why are you going for someone from Genk?’ With what he's done, he's a cult hero already. He's only 22 and he's got years and years ahead of him. He's not at his peak, but what he's done for me and for the club is fantastic. If someone wanted to buy Christian, they'd better have a few quid in their pocket."

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