On this day: Liverpool flop on Anfield failures, Huntelaar no-go and Nani 999 fiasco

On the 6th March 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 6th 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 6th March 2013…

Hunt over for ‘The Hunter’

Arsenal’s reported pursuit of Schalke 04 striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar came to an end. The Dutch striker was being linked with a move to The Emirates as the club continued to search for potential striking reinforcements.

The Dutch international striker had long been a reported target for Arsene Wenger - but he committed his immediate future to the Gelsenkirchen side - stating:

"It is very well possible that I sign another extension with Schalke. I could sign another contract here at the age of 32. Retiring here is an option for me."

Huntelaar remains at the club today.


A Manchester United fan got in trouble for dialling 999 over the red-card given to Nani. The Portuguese winger was sent off the night before after appearing to kick-out in mid-air on Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

One fan however took his frustrations with the seemingly dubious decision by picking up the phone and dialling the emergency services - which received this response:

"While this recent example may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis in the control room.”

As recently as January this happened again - as a slightly tipsy United fan dialled the three numbers in an attempt to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson over the failings at his club this season.

Think a ban on use of phones by United fans during game time should now be seriously considered.

No Liverpool soul for Cole

Finally, and Joe Cole was speaking about his mistake in joining Liverpool.

The former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder joined the club on a free transfer in 2010 and went on to have a miserable two-and-a-half year stint at the club.

He said of the move:

“I can only play for teams that I’m passionate about and I think that’s what went wrong for me at Liverpool. I didn’t feel a connection with the club or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham. I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn’t involved. So I was left with two real options - Liverpool or Spurs.”

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