On this day: Rodgers aims for 7th, Arsenal man tops rich list and Pellegrini wanted

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

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

City want Pellegrini

A year ago today it was being reported that Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich favoured Manuel Pellegrini of Malaga as the potential successor to Rafa Benitez - over the fan favourite Jose Mourinho who was at the time with Real Madrid.

The Chilean was ready to depart Malaga for a big move after leading the financially stricken side to a famous Champions League quarter final against Borussia Dortmund.

Of course this never came to fruition.

Pellegrini is instead the Manchester City boss after agreeing a deal in the summer and the pair have battled it out for the Premier League title.

Moneybags Usmanov

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov was named at the top of the Sunday Times Rich List with a net worth of £13.3 billion.

The Uzbek magnate knocked off QPR funder Lakshmi Mittal from top spot but not much of this money was funding Arsenal efforts.

Not a majority shareholder at the club, and not exactly best friends with the main man Stan Kroenke, he has often criticised the way the club has been run.

Although he thawed those views last summer after the decision to splash the cash on Mesut Ozil for £42.4 million.

Rogers plays down chances

Brendan Rodgers was talking money - in particular the lack of it at the club for the summer.

“Chelsea spent a huge amount last summer to try to get back towards the top of the Premier League again, and that was on a team that had just won the Champions League. It is simple: I just don’t have the resources to go out and do that. What Chelsea did demonstrates the task we face in trying to make that step forward.

“I believe we will ­improve again next ­season, but we will have to do it in a different way.We finished eighth last year and we might finish seventh this time. That might not seem like a lot, but it is one step towards where we want to be.

“There is not going to be a big instant improvement. That is the reality. I think that unless you can throw £100m at it...

Well he was clearly wrong! He has made the improvements to this Liverpool side in super-fast time - with the title now in their grasp after beating Norwich City 3-2 earlier today.

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