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The Story Of Kolo Toure's Arsenal Trial Is The Greatest Thing Ever

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The Story Of Kolo Toure's Arsenal Trial Is The Greatest Thing Ever

Kolo Toure's Arsenal trial is quite possibly the greatest story of all time.

The Ivorian defender was a Premier League winner and a vital part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' that went unbeaten in 2003/04.

In total he spent seven years with the North London outfit but truth be told it's a miracle his Arsenal career even happened given what he produced on his first day of training.

On a trial, Toure was told not to tackle in training as the Gunners were taking things a little lightly.

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But he was far too eager to impress and ended up making a horror, red-card worthy challenge on talisman Thierry Henry before following that up by taking out their other key player, Dennis Bergkamp.

To top it all off, Toure then produced a two-footed tackle to take out Wenger, who had to go the medical room and have an ice pack on his ankle.

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Poor Kolo thought he'd messed up his big opportunity but to his surprise, Wenger loved the desire he displayed and signed him up.

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour had told the tale before and given his version of what happened - and Wenger himself confirmed the story played out exactly as had been reported.

"Yes, he tackled us but it was more for rea­sons of enthu­siasm than aggres­si­ve­ness," Wenger said in an interview with 11Freunde.

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"He was keen to show how much he wanted to stay. I had to go to the doctor, but my injury wasn't too serious.

"I signed him the next day because of his desire, his hunger and his phy­sical strength. He was a monster."

Kolo's younger brother Yaya Toure was also infamously on trial with Arsenal and started a pre-season friendly against Barnet, only for the club to elect against signing the former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder.

Topics: Football, Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal, thierry henry

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