On this day: Giggs signs new deal, Arsenal want 'Arabian Messi' and Bale 'enjoying it'

Ryan Giggs

On the 1st March 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 1st March 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 1st March 2013…

‘Arabian Messi’

Arsenal were reportedly all set to get involved in a transfer battle with Barcelona and Manchester City both said to be rivalling them for ‘the Arabian Messi’.

Omar Abdulrahman, not the one of Blackburn Rovers fame, had starred for the United Arab Emirates at the summer Olympics and was reportedly set to make a move to the continent.

The likes of Malaga, Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke were also said to be keen on the 21-year-old playing for Al Ain.

However, 12 months on and ‘Amoory’ is still with Al Ain - despite new interest from Galatasaray.

Still tearing you apart

Ryan Giggs signed a new one-year extension at Manchester United.

The Welsh footballing legend had been rumoured to be considering retirement and at the age of 39 it was no surprise.

However he extended his stay for one more season:

"I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team. This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season."

He is still at the club, and also working as a coach - but it doesn’t look like he will be carrying on playing next season.

King: Gareth won’t Bale

Ex Spurs captain Ledley King has some interesting things to say about Gareth Bale.

The Welshman had been in inspired form and was already being linked with a move to Real Madrid - but King was not sure he would be on the way just yet:

"He's enjoying it at Spurs. I wouldn't see him in any rush to leave."

Sorry Ledley, but on this occasion you got it wrong - Bale became the most expensive player in the world just a few months later - joining Real Madrid.

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