On this day: Chelsea star hits out at Blues and Adebayor's private jet

Florent Malouda

What were the stories making the headlines on this day last year? Including news from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

There is plenty of mid-week Premier League action over this evening and tomorrow night, with sides at the top and bottom of the table facing the opportunity of being able to change their immediate fortunes.

We’ve taken a look back at this time last year to see which stories and incidents were getting fans talking.

‘Chelsea star slams club’

Florent Malouda hit out at Chelsea following his ongoing exile from the West London club.

The Frenchman wasn’t included in Chelsea’s 25 man Premier League squad last season and was forced to train with the youth teams.

“The details I'll explain when I'm free, but the strategy they use is to make me look like a player seeking substantial compensation - All this is done to break me mentally, but in reality it motivates me enormously,” he told France-Guyane.

‘Phil Jones handed impossible task?’

The Mirror ran a report which suggested Manchester United defender Phil Jones had been asked to mark Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

United and Real were due to meet in the first leg of their Champions League tie at the Bernabeu, with Jones reportedly receiving the task of man marking the former Old Trafford favourite.

United took a 1-1 draw away from that first leg at the Bernabeu after Ronaldo scored a superb header to cancel out an opener from Danny Welbeck.

‘AVB reveals special treatment for Adebayor’

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed that the club provided a private plane for striker Emmanuel Adebayor to fly back to London ahead of a match against Newcastle.

Adebayor was reportedly in hot water after he waited for five days before returning to Tottenham following Togo’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations.

“Yes, (we sent a jet to get him). He arrived in Luton yesterday around 6 o'clock and then joined the team at the hotel,” revealed the Spurs boss.

‘Santos leaves Arsenal’

Andre Santos completed a loan move to Gremio and few Gunners would have been sad to see the back of him.

The 29-year-old defender featured just 36 times for Arsenal from the time he signed in 2011 to the point he officially left the club on this day last year.

Arsenal explained the decision on their website as a chance to allow Santos to play more regular first team football back in his home country of Brazil.

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