On this day: £70m summer warchest for Wenger, CEO leaves United and Chelsea get apology

Arsene Wenger at Training - 18/02/2014

On the 20th February 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 20th 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 20th February 2013…

Buy not Bye

Just like a year later Arsenal were reeling from a Toni Kroos inspired Bayern Munich side beating them by two goals at The Emirates 12 months ago to the day - and the debate had started on ‘where next’ for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners?

Some were starting to sing for his exit - as another barren season lay ahead of them.

But it was reported in The Mirror by Arsenal expert John Cross that instead of saying bye to Wenger the Arsenal board would be telling him to buy - with a £70 million warchest.

He didn’t spend that much - but a large bulk of it paid for Mesut Ozil, who missed a crucial penalty yesterday against the European champions.

Sorry Sun

The Sun were apologising to Chelsea. The newspaper had alleged that John Terry and Rafa Benitez had been involved in an angry bust-up after a 3-2 defeat against Newcastle United.

However Chelsea challenged those claims - and the paper had to make an unreserved apology:

“We now accept that no such row took place. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for any embarrassment caused.”

Spread your Gill’s

Manchester United CEO David Gill announced he would be stepping down from his role at Old Trafford at the end of the 2012-13 season.

He had been at the club for 16 years - and played a vital role in the success of the club under Sir Alex Ferguson:

“I have worked alongside the finest manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to be the best club in the best sport in the world. It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is, ‘more than a religion…after 10 years in charge I believe it is appropriate for someone new to pick up the baton.”

Ed Woodward has taken over - and received widespread criticism for his lack of nous in the summer transfer market compared to Gill’s often ruthless pursuit of his managers targets.

image: © Jenny Leigh

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