In recent past, Arsenal was labelled a ‘selling club’ by the media and outsiders with the fans left to rue the loss of their key players to rival clubs with the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri and ‘the man with the little boy inside’ Robin van Persie to mention but a few all moved on. We were made to understand that it was all in the good interest of the club as debts incurred during the construction of the emirates stadium had to be cleared.
With Arsenal now financially stronger and with the renewal of sponsorship deals rolling in, the gunners could now compete for top talent in the transfer market which seem to be inflated right now as anyone who could put a ball to his feet seems to cost millions of pounds.
One player Arsenal should go for who is worth every penny spent is; Yaya toure, as the player is quite unhappy with his current employers. Reportedly, the acrimony started when Toure complained that no one at the Citizens’ showed up at his birthday party as he turned 31 and although his club apologised to him, it was believed that he still is not happy with them, and when he was quizzed about his future he was coy and had this to say:
“That’s a good question. I think,to be honest with you now, there’s been a couple of rumours, a couple of things going out, but as a player you always want to focus and keep calm. As well as that, the fact that the fans look up to you and the people love you, they always want to question you and they always want an answer from you, but for my part, i have come to Qatar to try and recover from an injury and to prepare myself for the World Cup.”
“After the World Cup I will make a statement but there is a lot of things in the media and as a player that’s sometimes difficult and i have to manage that.”
however while on duty for his country- Ivory Coast in the on-going 2014 FIFA World Cup, his younger brother – Ibrahim Toure who was battling with cancer passed on and Yaya Toure was gutted not to have spent time with him while lambasting the role of his club in it. Speaking to FranceFootball he said:
“At the end of the season, i wanted to stay for four or five days with my brother before I flew to prepare for the World Cup with Ivory Coast, except that City did not want to grant me a few days.
“I went to celebrate the title championship in Abu Dhabi while my brother was lying in his sickbed. By fortune, Kolo was at his bedside. After that I blame myself for not insisting and for not making them respect me.”
“However, club officials knew very well that I was suffering for a few months as the health of my brother declined. This is the reason I had several injuries at the end of the season, because my head had taken control of my body. These last four months have probably been the hardest in my life.”
The 3-times’ African player of the year’ who is known to be very emotional and has his family so dear to his heart won’t be easily pacified this time and i think it’s the right moment for the Gunners to snatch him off the grasp of Man City.
The leggy 31-year-old whose technique seems outrageous for a player of his size and could switch defence into attack in a split second was an indispensable player in the team that ended the Blue side of Manchester’s 35-year wait for a major trophy as he scored the lone goal against Manchester United to win the English FA cup in the 2010/2011 season.
He’s also a free-kick specialist not the ‘hit and hope’ type we are used to at the Emirates as he scored 5 direct free-kick in the 2013/2014 season and crowned it with 24 goals in that same season.
The player is not a stranger to Wenger as he had once undergone trial at arsenal in the year 2003 but due to work permit (Not again) issues and impatience on his part moved on to Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine.
It would be a good thing if we give City a dose of their own pill by bringing this midfield general to the Emirates and Wenger who’s quite excellent in man-management sure knows how to send flowers to a player’s family or take a selfie with a player’s mum – would have the highly emotional Toure all covered.