On this day: Drogba return, Walcott critics and Spurs star 'unique' say Real

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On the 3rd April 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 3rd April 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 3rd April 2013…

Wal-Not trying

Theo Walcott was being criticised by a group of Arsenal fans - who suggested he had taken his foot off the pedal since aligning a new deal with the club in January.

The 24-year-old had been struggling to find his best form since agreeing that new deal and also been moved back out to the wing after a spell up front.

However he received backing on this day from his manager Arsene Wenger.

He refused to believe such a notion:

“I don't believe that. If he didn't play well and had not signed a contract, then people would say the opposite. I don't think that is linked, especially with the fact that he has signed a contract or not. Because you can say as well he is more secure, he can express himself. I don’t see any difference in attitude in training…He will come back."

Thinking of Chelsea lately

Didier Drogba hinted at a potential return to Chelsea.

The Ivorian legend had left the club the previous summer at the end of his contract - and after an adventure in China had decided to move to Galatasaray.

But he seemed to suggest he could return to Stamford Bridge - should Jose Mourinho do the same:

"I think for the club it is the best solution to bring Jose back. The fans want him back. He loves Chelsea. Let me finish at Galatasaray first and then we will talk about that. It would be nice, not just coaching but to help the club. For this club I gave everything and of course they gave it back to me. I feel at home when I go to London. When I go to Chelsea's training ground I feel like I can walk around with my eyes closed and know where I am going."

Jose Mourinho has since returned while Drogba is still embarking on his Turkish adventure.

I want you says Zizou

Zinedine Zidane stoked the flames of what proved to be the most expensive transfer chase of all time.

He was speaking about Tottenham Hotspur attacker Gareth Bale when he stated:

"This year the player who’s impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League. He’s playing in ‘the other cup’, and that’s Bale. He’s unique. He makes things look easy, his pace is frightening, his acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space. Plus, he’s very good technically. We mustn’t forget that he plays football very well. And he’s really impressed me…”

In the end Real Madrid’s sporting director got his man in a world record deal in the summer.

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