Zokora Did Not Snub Arsenal
As I browsed the internet looking for stories of note this evening, an article titled 'Zokora snubbed Arsenal for Spurs' caught my eye, and something just didn't seem right.
Could it have been the fact that I am arrogant enough to believe that Arsenal are a far superior club than Spurs and no player in their right mind would choose them over us? Perhaps, nethertheless, it just didn't sit right with me at all.
After a brief search on our neighbours Vital site, I was presented with the hard evidence that set my mind at ease.
The statement that Zokora gave today said, 'I listened to an offer from Arsenal, but decided Spurs was where I wanted to be at. One of the things was that they showed they really wanted me.'
'Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue are friends of mine, and of course it would have been nice to play with them at Arsenal - but I really wanted to go to Tottenham.'
I suppose that is all quite plausible.......until you read what he said a few weeks ago.
'Arsenal and Manchester United enquired about me and I even had personal discussions with Arsene Wenger. But these two clubs never put in a firm offer.'
In his newest statement he clearly states, 'I listened to an offer from Arsenal' but in his first statement he freely admits 'these two clubs never put in a firm offer.'
Some may argue that Zakora's poor English may have confused him somewhere along the lines, but accidental or not, Zakora could not have snubbed a team who never put in an offer.
Those who doubt me, here is Exhibit A and Exhibit B.
So I guess, it's more a case of Arsenal snubbing Zakora rather than Zakora snubbing Arsenal.