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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.

Case closed.




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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 1 2006

Time: 11:38PM

Your Comments

Thats more like it.
simmy8_2000
Oh dear, 11pm on a Tuesday night and all there is in the world to do, is to hunt back through "the who said what records" and come up with this. Paul take off your rose coloured glasses, retrieve your head from wherever you have stuck it and enjoy the real world. Get a wife or a life to keep you away from the internet late at night or simply go to sleep and dream of Arsenal glory. Could it be that Wenger and Zakora only discussed personal terms?
TeddyLyon
There's no rose tinted glasses about this TL, just facts. As I already mentioned, Zokora maybe have got a bit mixed up with his english with regards to meeting AW, but the facts still remain that Wenger did not put in an offer for the player so he could not have snubbed us. It is my job as VA editor to write articles on everything Arsenal and I just wanted to nip this in the bud before you "squirts" got all high and mighty about a player choosing you over us, something which clearly did not happen here.
Rocky7
Could you do the same sort of breakdown on Vieira's non-snub of Arsenal?
greatwhitenorf
Yep - Vieira wanted to go, he stayed, Vieira wanted to stay, he was sold. End of chat :P
Rocky7
And if you can put the rest of whatever passes for a gooner's life on hold yet again - we'll need a fully researched update on the life and times of Real Madrid cheerleader Josie Reyes.
greatwhitenorf
There are plenty of other threads with the topic of Jose Reyes, please discuss him there and not detract from the fact that Zokora is talking out of his **** box.
Rocky7
Even if a firm offer etc was put in, maybe he would rather be a big fish in a small pond, then a small fish in a big pond :p i don't see him pushing Gilberto or Fabregas out of starting places! Glad we didn't try/get him.
Johnaldiniho
oh come on boys, face it! berbatov and zokora both turned you down! of course he would have been pushing for your team as well johnaldinho, were you under a big rock iduring the world cup. he is a top player, and as good at least as the immensly overrated gilberto!
elmo85
Hold on, since when did we bid for either of those players, especially Berbatov, yes Wenger made enquirys about Zokora but didn't follow them up because he'd prefer to play Pat Rice, but Berbatov was never an option, all our strikers are better than him ;)
Rocky7
Why would either of them turn us down for spurs elmo ? there's no logic in your arguement ? like we need another striker anyway !? and Zokora, well, if your arguement is correct, then he turned down champions league football for the uefa cup, now that doesnt sound right does it??! go back and clutch at more straws your sorry spud!
jim_the_gooner
lol rocky!!
jim_the_gooner
end of the day its nice to see quotes from our new player stating this is where he wants to be, true his english isnt good so its no good nit picking what he has said and trying to work it round to either argument, i personally dont care whether concrete offer was put in or not, our new player is stating that he loves our club and would/did choose it over arsenal, if its true or just said to get of on the right foot, im not fussed end of the day he is a spurs player. and arguements over whose better etc are tedious at this stage we havtn seen berbatov or zokora in the prem yet so cant compare them on an even field.
buckers_07
p.s extracting quotes and placing an article on here at nearly midnight is very sad
buckers_07
nice to see a new player stating where he wants to be?!?!?!?!? Well he's hardly going to say "I would have prefered a move to Arsenal, with their crisp football, Champions League status, and spanking new stadium, it would have been more appealing than a move to a team who has a brown kit with tendacies to **** theirselves when the going gets tough, but I guess it'll have to do" now is he?
Rocky7
Btw Buckers - I'm a big boy now, I'm allowed to stay up past 12 O'Clock :)
Rocky7
Gonna finish seventh boys, your keeper is too old.
USAisafukwit
agree with that article, he would of been a good signing 4 u aswell, but rosicky will shine
green giant 12
we'll let the spuds have there 15 seconds of fame. once again USA is completely and consistently irrelevant. as for the midnight articles...not all of us live in the uk so it matters not when the articles are posted. im not saying anything new but ill say it anyway coz it seems the spuds never get it. 1. there was never any offer for zokora so he could not have snubbed arsenal...(is that so hard to understand...as in we only make offers for players we actually want. what a concept) 2. berbatov would probably be 5th or 6th choice striker in arsenal or any of the top 4 teams i.e. not even our reserves
mish
i wanted to compose an elegant ripost but ill just say COYS.
jol ie good
When's Vieira coming back? Is there any progress to report in the search to find Reyes waterproof woolies and a translator that doesn't try to make him speak French?
greatwhitenorf
You have a brown kit - nuff said.
Rocky7
And we're gonna rub it all over the Flybrary. How's the research coming on that cossetted little JAR-head?
greatwhitenorf
U Yids make no sense just like your player. We didn't want to pay 8mil for a player and sit him on the bench, therefore u got ANOTHER one of or rejects. I just enjoyed the Carrick interview where he anounced that he joined a big club and described his move as purely for footballing reasons. At least Jolly can buy lot of pies for himself and Robinson with the 14mil (since the 18.6mil was another lie) hahahahahahaha.
nnn
Whether they're injured or just playing like women, les jouers de Club L'Arse are falling faster than management staff at Juventus. Bench today, starters tomorrow. Arsene can't ship 'em in from France or Cote D'Ivoire fast enough to keep your bench stocked. How's them prawn sammiches, then?
greatwhitenorf
I thought about that before you even wrote the article Rocky. Looks like he's trying to engineer a move away from White Hart Lane already by claiming big clubs were after him.
pitythefool
The writer of this article is one keen nerd diggin up quotes. Must of went diggin and then just made up the rest of this B*ll***** article.
paxton4life
who in their right mind would pick spurs? either to play for or support
foley1989
Must be a lot of us. We even have to come on here to make it look busy. Otherwise, it'd be same six gooner geeks talking to themselves.
greatwhitenorf
haha nicely sed
buckers_07
He wasn't digging up quotes, he just went back to an article he had written earlier in the close season. And GWN - I think every arsenal fan here would rather talk to themselves than bear the insufferable thought of trying to converse with a moron like yourself.
pitythefool
that was nicely put out, how could he have sunbbed us if we never put a bid in for him or offerd him a contract, what a tit, anyway this is the only time that spurs are going to get one over on us this season anyway so let them enjoy thier false clame that they have got one over on us,
Walcott
I'm sorry, but Abedeyor is not better than Berbatov. Berbatov has a proven goal scoring record. Abedeyor just has a good record when it comes to being hired as a Kanu lookalike, tall, clumsy and inconsistent.
Jimmy James
Erm - Berbatov has a proven goalscoring record where?? In the PL?? Adebayor may have not had much time to prove himself, but 4 goals in 12 games is a good start in a league where it has taken many world class players time to settle in. Don't start gobbing off about Berbatov until he's actually done something.
Rocky7
Come on, you said yourself that there was a 'few weeks' between statements so that is plenty of time for Arse*al to have put in an offer, however you just want to believe what you want to believe because your arse is twitching.
sidyid
You lot must be getting rather concerned that you hav'nt signed many players when you say yourself that you need a better team/players.
sidyid
we are not concerned whatsoever...personally the only worry i have is during the first 6 weeks when we have a few key players out especially in defence, other than that from the display over the last weeks of the last season i have no worries just looking forward to some amazing soccer from arsenal.
mish
You'll have a lot more out after a stroll in the Zagreb Zoo! You'll be looking forward to some amazing sports medicine. Bring on Walnut!
greatwhitenorf
Well I hope you Yids don't get the s*i*s once again while watching US in the Champions League ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nnn
 

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