On this day: Arsenal consider German's release clause, McDermott unhappy after defeat

Julian Draxler

Stories about Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United all feature.

It was another fascinating weekend of action in the Premier League and Football League, with teams improving their positions at the top and bottom of various league tables, with the race for the top places intensifying.

The transfer window rolls on, with some potential big deals being tipped in the media, which could have fans extra excited over the second half of the season.

We’ve taken a look back at some of the stories making the headlines on this day last year.

‘Arsenal to trigger Julian Draxler’s release clause’

The Daily Mirror led a transfer rumour round-up with a claim that suggested Arsenal were trying to sign Julian Draxler from FC Schalke.

The German superstar was suggested as a possible attacking addition for Arsenal, but at £40 million, it would have been a big deal for the Gunners to do in the middle of a season.

They weren’t able to pull off any deal, with the youngster staying in the Bundesliga with Schalke.

‘McDermott unhappy with red card’

Former Leeds United manager Brian McDermott voiced his frustrations at a red card shown to Matt Smith during Leeds United’s heavy defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds were thoroughly outplayed during the local derby, eventually losing the match 6-0, with Smith sent off for an alleged elbow against Reda Johnson.

“It wasn’t a sending off. There’s no way that’s a sending off. Matt caught him but he was trying to make an honest challenge,” McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

‘Defoe eager for World Cup place’

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe said he hoped a move to Toronto in the MLS wasn’t going to affect his chances of playing in the World Cup.

Defoe made the decision to leave Spurs and go to play in the MLS just months before the huge tournament started in Brazil.

“Hopefully the manager knows what I can do. I've played in the Premier League my whole career, there's not much more I need to prove, but it's up to the manager,” Defoe told the FA’s website.

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