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Arsenal: Player NOT Leaving


The close season is coming. It must be, because half our quad have recently been linked with moves elsewhere.

Helb, Flamini, Cesc.All buggering off, apparently. At least Kolo isn't planning on going anywhere. Quite the opposite in fact. carry an interview with Kolo Toure, where the Elephant with the lion's heart talks of how he'd be only too happy to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career.

There are some players you get at a club who, whenever they speak, you can't help but think 'this guy is so spot on!' Cesc is one, everything that comes out of his mouth to do with Arsenal makes you love the guy more. Kolo is another guy. He is quoted in the piece as saying,

I believe in this team, this club, I love this club. I see Arsenal as part of my life now, it would be difficult to leave this club, but in football you never know. The best thing for me would be to stay at Arsenal and win the Premiership again and win the Champions League.

I really want to do that for the club as the club has never won it and to be the first people to win the Champions League you would be heroes, that is what I am looking for and if I have to spend my whole career at this club and win this trophy that would be amazing for me.

I would love it (to stay for life) and if I can win all the trophies that would be fantastic.

Kolo was one of the Arsenal fans most popular choices t be the captain after TH14 left last year. And whilst the honour eventually went to William Gallas, Kolo revealed that whilst it would be an incredible award to receive, the buzz he gets from his responsibilities on the pitch makes him feel like he has that authority as it is:

I would be really, really proud (to be captain), but that is not my first focus because for me I feel like a captain on the pitch.

I know I have been there, I am one of the oldest players in the squad now so naturally I feel like a captain and it doesn't matter if I have the armband of not.

I just feel this club is in my heart, it is my first club in Europe.

I love the club, the fans and the people so I am glad to play for this club.

Spoken like a captain, that's for sure. And Kolo Toure has never been anything other than a source of pride for Arsenal Football Club. Regardless of whether he gets the armband in the summer (should it be taken away from cap'n bill...) or not, reading of Kolo's pride in playing for Arsenal is a welcome relief from the 'will he, won't he' of the Flamster's situation, and that of Alexander 'one scoop or two' Hleb. Kolo appears ready to commit himself to Arsenal for the rest of his playing career (three more years in Arsene's eyes?). It's a nice change form the world and his wife packing their bags and buggering off from the Grove for Italy or Spain.

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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 24 2008

Time: 11:59PM

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"Source of pride" indeed, Wingers. And this "this guy is so spot on!" thing, yes, the ways Kolo and Cesc speak just make you love them - I'd add Clichy to that list. Actually Sagna, Theo, Almunia and Eduardo too, so level-headed and show respect for the club. Just that Kolo's been with us longer and spoken more. Love the guy!
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 00:21:00

Totally, Lou - Arsene seems to look for more than just a player when he signs someone - he looks for good character qualities, too perhaps? Remember when Ade signed - we were supposedly buying a whole heap of trouble, a bad attitude, but we've seen no signs of that (the Bendtner episode aside). Kolo's been a hero for this club.

I've got a director's chair with 'Toure' emblazoned across the back, indoors - I had a choice between that one and 'Cole', bit of a no-brainer, really...
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25/04/2008 00:36:00

Hahaha do they sell any 'Cesc' or 'Clichy' chairs? This attitude thing, yes you're right, AW does look at players' character before signing them. He also has this special way of nurturing them to get more mature as individuals. I'm also very impressed with RvP, he used to have a bit of trouble too. This year, maybe due to his long-term injury which made him think more, maybe fatherhood played a part in the change too. In the Reading game when he got fouled or provoked numberous times, he just walked away and didn't want to get into trouble. In the recent interviews, he sounds so mature and sees a bigger picture from the club/team's perspective. You can also tell he has true affection for the club. He's a changed man.
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 00:46:00

See, I said under the "Groundhog Day" article that it's just a matter of time for the press to twist Kolo's quotes into something negative:
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 01:12:00

I'm just glad Kolo isn't European. He can put his feet up this summer and get a well deserved rest. Four years constant football must be taking it's toll. Already an Arsenal legend in my eyes.
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25/04/2008 01:23:00

don't forget Van Persie :D
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25/04/2008 09:06:00

oh yes, lou. the media never fail to "let us down", trust them to throw in that pic and insinuate that it was a flare-up blah blah blah
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25/04/2008 09:54:00

flamster's not goin to juve..apparently flamini has prefered milan over his "favourite club".. i wonder how do these ppl from madrid, juve, barca and milan make false promises like "we'll get this player by next year, we"ll hv that player in 2 yrs time" to end up with $h1t on their faces.. arsene has upped flamini's wages a further 5K.. i just have a sneaky feeling flamini is staying
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25/04/2008 11:10:00

excellent article. nice to have something to be cheerful about at the moment when everyone is apparently leaving us.. kolo is a class act in every way from what i have seen during his time at arsenal. perhaps his last few games have not been his finest but as they say "form is temporary, class is permanent!"
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25/04/2008 11:35:00

Well, what can you say about Kolo that hasn't already been said? The man is the pride of Arsenal, he is a lion full of heart and courage, humility and commitment. I hate it when he's struggling or out of form mainly because I know how he must feel about it. Fantastic player, remarkable man. I also agree that RVP has matured very much over the years, all credit to him. I have to disagree, however, that Ade's in Kolo's category on this score. I'm not an Ade-basher but neither do I think he's blameless in his attitude, which is well documented. The fact that a few times this season he couldn't pass to a teammate (Bendtner and Eduardo) for the sake of his own glory, thus destroying crucial goal-scoring chances, tells you he did have attitude problems. Arsene himself has said Ade's attitude has changed and matured, so there was a problem there to improve. For me Ade is still a work in progress on that score. Much more like Kolo are Clichy and Sagna. And I like Winger's comments about how comments from Cesc always sound exactly right, he comes across as such a level-headed guy.
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