On this day: 'Next Nasri' wants Arsenal, United CEO steps down and Pellegrini talks

Clement Grenier

On the 1st June 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 1st June 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 1st June 2013…

'Next Nasri'

This day one year ago a player dubbed the 'next Nasri' suggested he would be on his way to Arsenal. Talented Frenchman Clement Grenier was coming off the back of a breakthrough season at Ligue 1 side Lyon when he spoke about a potential move in the summer - with Arsenal of particular interest.

He said:

"I have more or less made a decision about which club I want to join. I have made the choice for sporting reasons above all. Arsenal? It could well be them. There would be competition for places, but you get that at all big clubs and it does not stop me making my decision."

In the end Grenier didn't go anywhere and has since been linked with Liverpool and Newcastle United. Things have gone quiet, so we hope the team he wanted to join was in fact Lyon after all.

Gill gone

David Gill stepped down as Manchester United chief executive after ten years in the role. It was the end of another era for the club, after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement bought to an end his time as United gaffer.

He was replaced by Ed Woodward, of whom Gill said:

"Ed is taking over from me and is doing an excellent job," added Gill. "I'm more than happy to give him any advice and help on that area. David [Moyes] is coming in and will work with Ed and evaluate the squad and what is needed with all the relevant people. The outlook is very positive and I'm looking forward to a very bright future."

However many a United fan would feel Woodward has struggled in his new role, especially in the transfer market.

Manuel, Manuel!

Manchester City opened talks with Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini about the possibility of taking over at the club.

The Chilean, who had previously worked with Real Madrid and Villarreal, accepted the role and went on to lead City to FA Cup and Premier League success in his first season in England.

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