The glory days
Toure was at Arsenal during what most would consider the peak of Arsene Wenger’s tenure. The Ivorian was part of Arsenal’s famous Invincibles side and was at the heart of the defence that reached the 2006 Champions League final.
Kolo was nearly joined at Higbury by his younger brother Yaya, who featured as a trialist for the Gunners in a pre-season friendly.
Following their 2005 FA Cup final victory, in which Toure played the full game, Arsenal went on a nine-year trophy drought.
Since 2014, Arsenal have won three FA Cups, but Wenger hasn’t managed to emulate previous successes in the Premier League.
Last season saw Arsenal finish outside the top four for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club, putting the Frenchman under immense pressure to leave the club.
At the end of last season, Wenger surprised more than a few when he signed a new two-year deal, much to the outrage of a large proportion of the Arsenal fanbase.
“He’s a fighter”
As they so often do, Arsenal have begun the Premier League season poorly, losing two of their opening three matches.
Most would consider Arsenal’s summer transfer window to be underwhelming at best, althogh they did manager to keep hold of their star man Alexis Sanchez.
In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Toure has defended his old boss following a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool – another of Toure’s former clubs.
“It’s a tough situation because Arsenal haven’t won the league for a long time now, even though they’ve won the FA Cup a few times.
“There’s a lot of pressure on Mr. Wenger but, the thing is, Mr. Wenger loves Arsenal. He’s done amazing for the club. He’s working with his heart.
“He’s been there so long and, for me, when I was there, we worked very well and won the league. That was the best time. Right now it’s tough but Mr. Wenger is a fighter.”