As Arsenal prepare to fight back against Everton in the race for fourth place this evening against West Ham at the Emirates, we decided to take a look back at the stories making the headlines on this day last year.
‘Gotze would prefer United or Barca’
Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze was the subject of intense speculation once it became clear that he wasn’t going to be staying at Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Arsenal were reportedly extremely interested in signing him but the man himself admitted that he could be interested in a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United.
That’s why he went and signed for Bayern Munich.
‘Liverpool target confirms transfer offer’
Liverpool’s Brazilian transfer target Dede confirmed that the only offer he’d received for his transfer was from Cruzeiro.
The Vasco da Gama defender was being strongly linked with a move to Anfield but the Reds never moved to make an official offer for his services.
He went on to move to Cruzeiro in a player plus cash deal.
‘Chelsea to start talks over £20m German’
The Mirror reported that Chelsea were starting talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal which would bring Andre Schurrle to Stamford Bridge.
The deal was reportedly worth £20 million at the time the story was released and Schurrle went on to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing in his second spell in charge of the club.
Chelsea had already seen an offer for Schurrle knocked back the previous summer, with Leverkusen unwilling to do a deal because they were unable to sign a replacement.
‘Szczesny set for Arsenal return’
Wojciech Szczesny was being lined up for a return to the Arsenal first team following an injury to Lukasz Fabianski.
It turned out to be one of the best decisions Arsene Wenger ever made because Szczesny blossomed at the back end of last season and the start of this campaign, turning himself into the outright number one at the club.
Szczesny’s return for an important game against Everton last season was off the back of a five match streak where he’d been confined to the subs bench.