On this day: United watch Brazilian teenager and life ban for Bale banana thrower

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We’ve taken a look at the headlines on this day last year including stories about Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Fans are gearing up for England’s game against Denmark tomorrow night but what were the stories that got everyone talking on this day last year. We’ve looked through the archives and pulled out a few of the best.

‘Manchester United monitoring Brazilian’

The Metro ran a report which linked Manchester United with Brazilian defender Antonio Carlos.

The 19-year-old was reportedly being extensively scouted by Sir Alex Ferguson’s club despite the fact he was not a regular in the Corinthians first team.

The report suggested that Fergie had been in touch with the Brazilian club personally, asking to be kept up to date with Carlos’ progress.

‘Arsenal vow life ban for banana thrower’

Arsenal vowed to ban a supporter for life after a banana was thrown at Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale during the North London derby between the clubs.

Police confirmed they were investigating an incident which saw the object thrown at Bale following chants of ‘he looks like a chimp’ from the Arsenal away fans during the 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.

‘Chelsea linked with bid for Real Madrid star’

Chelsea were linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Kaka according to the controversial caughtoffside website.

The site claimed that the Blues were lining up a £20 million bid for the Brazilian amid the rumours that Jose Mourinho was being lined up for a return to Stamford Bridge.

‘Liverpool announce huge loss’

Liverpool reported some not so encouraging financial figures with an increase of £21.8 million to their debt and an overall loss of £40.5 million in their annual accounts for the period between August 2011 and May 2012.

Managing director Ian Ayre played down the significance of the figures, suggesting it was nothing for supporters to worry about.

“It's definitely not something I believe anyone should be worried or concerned about. It is seasonal - our debt goes up and down. We have money to pay out and money coming in, just like any business,” he said.

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