On this day: Bale takes swipe at Arsenal and Hazard's Judo training

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What were the headlines on this day last year? Featuring stories about Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The weekend produced plenty of talking points as Olivier Giroud found form for Arsenal, Wayne Rooney proved a good investment for Manchester United and Liverpool continue to play some of the most entertaining football around.

We’ve decided to take a look back at the stories which had fans talking on this day last year.

‘Bale: We’re better than Arsenal’

Then Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale couldn’t help but take a stab at local rivals Arsenal.

Bale was at the heart of some superb Tottenham performances last season, which saw them edge tight and important games thanks largely to the goals which flowed from his left foot.

“I think five or 10 years ago Arsenal were always miles ahead of Tottenham. But that has changed in recent years. Over the past few seasons we have closed that gap and I think now we have overtaken them on the pitch. I think we have the stronger squad,” he told the Sun.

‘Hazard’s Judo Training’

Chelsea star Eden Hazard revealed that he’d been undergoing Judo training to help him try and settle into the pace and physical nature of Premier League football.

Maybe any new signing coming into English football should do exactly the same thing because Hazard has been a world class player for the Blues so far this season.

“I’m light on my feet. I did judo as a kid, so I know how to fall. I used to get quite a few physically tough games in France. I haven’t found it too much more demanding. The difference is the intensity. There’s no dead time, no breathing space in the game,” said the Belgian.

‘Real Madrid want United striker’

Nope, it’s not Wayne Rooney, it’s not Robin Van Persie, it’s not Danny Welbeck, it’s Javier Hernandez.

This day last year was a Sunday and the Sunday Mirror suggested that Los Blancos were considering a summer move for Chicharito as he struggled to feature regularly under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Hernandez was reportedly at odds with the club, feeling that he didn’t play enough games at Old Trafford.

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