Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Wenger reveals Yaya Toure's impatience killed off Arsenal move

Arsene Wenger has revealed Yaya Toure came close to a move to Arsenal but the player's impatience scuppered a deal.

Toure had a trial with the Gunners and made an appearance in Wenger's men in their annual pre-season opener at Barnet in 2003.

But the fact the Ivorian didn't have a European passport put paid to any deal with Arsenal, plus the fact he didn't play for his national team.

Wenger told his lunch time press conference, ahead of the City match at the Grove tomorrow night:
"We know him very well. I've know him since he was 15 years-old, so I know him for a long, long time. But he's a top class talent.
"No, it was not wages at all [the reason why he didn't join Arsenal].
"He was here as a young boy. It was just the fact that we cannot get players here if they are not international and he had no work permit and he was too young.
"We tried to wait until he was in Belgium to get him a passport, a European passport. But he was not patient enough and left for Metalurh Donetsk."

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