On this day: United bid for Bale, Van Ginkel injury woe and Wenger praise for Bendtner

Bale Real Madrid

On the 24th September 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Let's cast our eyes back to this exact day, the 24th September 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 24th September 2013…

United tried to Bale out Gareth

Real Madrid were claiming they had moved for Gareth Bale a year early, because they became worried Manchester United might make a move for the Welshman.

Florentino Perez claimed that United had made a bid for Bale in the days leading up to their world record breaking deal for the winger:

"Bale has come cheaply. Signing the best players out there is Madrid's philosophy and Bale was the best available player on the market this summer. We had been following him for two years. Tottenham did not want to sell. We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves."

Bale has since gone on to win over the Real Madrid faithful for a string of important goals and performances last term.

Van Ginkel-loss

A year ago today and Chelsea were dealt a blow when it was reported Marco van Ginkel would be out for the season with a knee injury picked up in League Cup action. The talented Dutchman featured in the game against Swindon Town at the County Ground in agony following an awkward fall from an Alex Pritchard challenge.

In the end he was only out until March but then struggled to get back in the Chelsea team. A year down the line and he has suffered an ankle injury at Milan which could prove serious. Spooky coincidence.

'Unstoppable' Bendtner

A year ago today and Arsene Wenger was waxing lyrical about Nicklas Bendtner. He was all set to feature for Arsenal in the League Cup tie against West Brom and Wenger said of the controversial Dane:

"Now he can convince everybody. We are open-minded, we believe in his qualities. I personally believe in his qualities. It's just down to attitude and fighting [spirit]. When he has that, Nicklas can be an unstoppable striker. He gets his chance. Our job is about that. Take your chance."

Bendtner did not take his chance. Despite some impressive weight loss and performances on the pitch he continued to get into trouble off of it.

He was allowed to join Wolfsburg on a free this summer, after being made to train away from the club toward the end of his contract.

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