On this day: Fabianski 'has changed a lot'; Sahin 'thanks god' for Rodgers goodbye

On the 14th March 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 14th 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 14th March 2013…


Arsene Wenger was singing the praises of Lukasz Fabianski. The goalkeeper had come in for a suspended Wojciech Szczesny against Bayern Munich in the Champions League - and performed really well in the game.

“He played with authority. We know his talent and I’m very happy with his performance. He has changed a lot, there has been a complete mental transformation in Lukasz's attitude. He is more vocal, has more authority and mentally he absorbs the pressure of the game much better.”

He continued in place of Szczesny - and carried on impressing.

However, he crashed into a post and broke a rib a few weeks later - and Szczesny retook his place in the starting line-up.

A year to the day later and Fabianski has just rejected a new three-year deal with the Gunners for first-team football elsewhere.

Sweet and Steaua

Chelsea completed a great turnaround in the Europa League - on the way to winning the competition.

They had lost the first-leg in Romania - and been widely criticised for their performance.

But a great performance from Fernando Torres, which cost him a broken nose, saw them win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and progress.

Vlad Chiriches scored a goal in the game - and he truly caught the attention of Premier League suitors with his performance - signing for Tottenham in the summer.

Thanking god

Nuri Sahin made some excellent comments about Brendan Rodgers. The Real Madrid midfielder had been on loan at Liverpool for the past six months but left early after struggling to settle in.

But he blamed Rodgers for the failure of his temporary spell:

“I did not fail at Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a number 10. But I do not play behind the strikers. I talked to him and asked him why he was playing me there. It is not my real position. The coach could not answer me. Still, I have no regrets. To play at Anfield was a wonderful experience. And maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy. I thank God I have left Brendan Rodgers.”

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