Former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has opened up on his career in North London and how a slide tackle on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger changed the course of his career.
in 2002 but quickly established himself as one of the best center-backs in the Premier League.
In a trial session, the central defender hurled into challenges with
. The last of those tackles saw the Frenchman limp out of the training session.
: “I was really fortunate to be able to go to that trial. I spent two weeks there and, as you know, I put that tackle in on Arsene Wenger!
“You know, I think that slide-tackle changed my career. It showed the manager just how much I wanted to be successful, and how much I wanted to become a professional footballer. That’s how he took it, anyway.”
When asked about the aftermath, he said
: “All the players were laughing and I was in shock! I thought they were going to get rid of me there and then - but Arsene is an intelligent guy; he only saw a young African boy who was keen to impress him, and gave me that opportunity to express myself and show what I was capable of doing.”