On this day: Wenger rules out Berbatov; Tottenham allow talent to leave

Berbatov Fulham

On the 3rd January 2014 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Let's cast our eyes back to this exact day, the 3rd January 2015, 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 January 2014…

Wenger doesn't want Berba

This day a year ago and Arsenal were being linked with a move for former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United hero Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian was with Fulham at the time but the Craven Cottage outfit were actively seeking an exit for their expensive striker.

However Wenger ruled out a move for Berbatov a year ago, stating:

"I won't go into any specific names. That would be disrespectful. We are assessing our options which are restricted. Berbatov is not a name we have considered.

"We are analysing the situation. Until we know about Bendtner and (Yaya) Sanogo we will make a decision on that. The players who can strengthen our squad are under contract."

Berbatov ended up joining Monaco and will soon be tasked with taking Arsenal down in the Champions League.

Dawkins to Derby

Tottenham Hotspur allowed promising midfielder Simon Dawkins to leave the club for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old never truly took his chance at Tottenham, or got it, and spent time on loan at Leyton Orient, Strasbourg and San Jose Earthquakes for two seasons.

But he switched to Derby County where he is now hoping to push the team to promotion.

De Rossi's suicide pact

AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi made a sensational claim a year ago today over his near move to Manchester United.

The Italian international was describing the fact United were struggling at the time, along with the fact he is a one club man. But his description of what he would do had he joined United was a little over the top, or indeed lost in translation:

"It was a good thing that I didn't go to Manchester, now I would have committed suicide!"

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