On this day: Suarez 'would talk' to other clubs, De Gea 'more mature' and Szczesny's dad rant

On the 20th March 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 20th 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 20th March 2013…

Wo-check yourself before you wreck yourself

Arsene Wenger was getting pretty used to getting berated at this point last year - but 12 months to the day ago he was getting the stick from the dad of a first-team player.

He had recently decided to drop number one goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for Lukasz Fabianski after the stopper had been on a run of poor form in the first-team.

But Szczesny’s dad, a former professional himself, suggested Wenger caused the poor form:

“Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat – it is not the way the boss should behave. Wojciech has had two serious injuries. He played with one in April and May [last year]. He shouldn’t have agreed to play that time, but the coach insisted. Wenger was playing with the young man’s good health and Wojciech agreed foolishly.”

That’ll be De Gea

David De Gea had been speaking about his career at Manchester United. The Spaniard had struggled to win over English football fans since his arrival in 2011 - but a recent superb performance against Real Madrid has changed all that.

He said of his time:

“I've changed a lot in Manchester. I've spent two years in their football culture and it makes you change. I'm more mature as a person and a player. I'm a very different person from when I arrived in England."

And a year on he is basking in glory once again - as a fabulous double save against Olympiakos helped his United side make it to the Champions League quarter-final.

Fast and Luis

Luis Suarez cast fresh doubt over his Liverpool future. In what was the build-up to a summer of bids and conjecture the Uruguayan this seemed like the clearest indication yet that he could be on his way out of the club.

Whilst away on international duty with La Celeste he stated:

“I am very happy at Liverpool, but you never know in football. A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there. I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool. But if another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome. We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.”

Of course he stayed, and Liverpool may not afford him the chance of Champions League football next season - but they might just bring him a Premier League title as well.

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