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Zokora Did Not Snub Arsenal

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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Date:Tuesday August 1 2006
Time: 11:38PM


Thats more like it.
02/08/2006 00:03:00
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?
02/08/2006 00:08:00
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.
02/08/2006 00:16:00
Could you do the same sort of breakdown on Vieira's non-snub of Arsenal?
02/08/2006 00:28:00
Yep - Vieira wanted to go, he stayed, Vieira wanted to stay, he was sold. End of chat :P
02/08/2006 00:30:00
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.
02/08/2006 04:20:00
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.
02/08/2006 09:38:00
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.
02/08/2006 09:39:00
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!
02/08/2006 09:42:00
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 ;)
02/08/2006 10:28:00
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