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Kolo Worries, Dog Food and Terry Christian

Kolo Worries, Dog Food and Terry Christian

When Adebayor moved to Man City last week, fans shed few tears. It was much like losing a pet that had once been lovable and adorable but had now become surly and aggressive and was urinating all over your best furniture and demanding £200,000 a week in order for you to be worthy of his petship whilst openly courting interest from Tony down the road who had just had installed a new kennel and has a sizeable supply of Pedigree Chum.

Whilst there's no question Adebayor is a talented player who'd enjoyed that one excellent season with us the season before last, he was clearly unhappy at the club and £25 million was a more than reasonable price for a by no means irreplaceable player.

However, the possibility/probability/certainty (depending on what has happened in the time since I wrote this and you reading it) of Toure also leaving for City to the tune of £15 million worries me a lot more.

Firstly, considering how threadbare our back line was at times last year with injuries, and given that both Eboue and Senderos also look likely to leave, there's a danger that the only defender we have left by the end of the window will be Mikael Silvestre and that it could get to the extent that Arsené will be forced into trying to coax Gus Caesar out of retirement.

Secondly, it'll be another of our better and more experienced players leaving for Man City who, in all honestly, could prove to be a real threat to us this season and another departure will only strengthen them and weaken us.

Still, Thierry Henry, after earlier saying he would never advise anyone to join Spurs, has spoken even more sense when he has said that we should trust Wenger to do the right thing:

'It is going to be a difficult task for Arsenal this time and it is vital that everyone keeps the faith,

'The reason I say that is because the boss still has great faith in his players and if there is one man who Arsenal can trust to do the right thing, it's Arsene Wenger.'

Wise words from Thierry there and I'm sure that despite all of our worries Arsené will allay them over the next season. Hopefully.

Should he actually sell Toure it will say a great deal about his faith in new signing Thomas Vermaelen who can hopefully replace Kolo with the same success as Clichy and Sagna have had replacing Cole and Lauren respectively and also grow 12 feet and develop the ability to fell oncoming strikers just by glaring at them with his cold, dark eyes and his Terry Christian-a-like face whilst single handedly renewing everyone's interest in the barely mentioned these days country of Belgium thus stimulating its economy and creating a butterfly effect which, in turn, manages to recover the entire globe from the recession. Or something along those lines.

That's yer lot for today.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tristan's Unwanted Opinions
Date:Tuesday July 28 2009
Time: 7:58PM


So long Kolo. Why did we never make such a big deal about his height when he joined?
28/07/2009 20:13:00
LOL! You're hilarious Tristan! Loved that dog food/kennel analogy!!
28/07/2009 20:20:00
We had Campbell clearing crosses, corners and long balls when Toure joined, with Keown available as cover and Vieira/gilberto in midfield
28/07/2009 20:32:00
Good luck Kolo. You will always be loved and remembered for being one of The Invincibles. Any chance you can persuade Mark Hughes into making it a hat-trick and signing Silvestre as wel ? Nice piece Tristan, you are an evolutionary cul-de-sac.l
Cockney Rich
28/07/2009 21:05:00
You know how our manager has the reputation of being too soft on his players, coddling them, not being able to stomach confrontation, tough choices? Actually, he can be pretty damned ruthless. First Ade, now Kolo, our last remaining Invincible. (ok, Clichy was one too but he hardly played that season). If reports are true, Ade tried to talk AW into not selling him once he couldn't get any one of Milan/Barca/MUtd/Chelsea interested in him. AW would have none of it. Damn, I'll miss Kolo. It'll hurt to see him in a City shirt.
28/07/2009 21:15:00
jaelle,you will get over Kolo.It's sad but it was time to part. He didn't want to sign a new contract and AW wasn't going to beg him to do so. With the exception of TH14 ( at a push ) I can't remember a player that AW has sold that has gone on to achieve great things.
Cockney Rich
28/07/2009 21:32:00
Kolo Toure is the best and I hope he doesnt go. Didnt shed any tears for Ade because he behaved as if it was all the fans fault but Toure is a warrior, a great person and player. We love you Toure!!!
28/07/2009 21:35:00
Rich, I fully expected Kolo to go this summer so this transfer hasn't hit me by surprise. I honestly thought I was prepared for it and would take it just fine when it happened. But now that it's actually come true, well, I'm sadder than I thought. I know all the reasons for this transfer, and I'm not criticizing AW for letting him go. I'm just writing from sentiment at the moment. Believe me there were times last season that I WANTED Kolo sold right away because of his inconsistent performances. I was also disappointed at his inability to step up as a leader, he just doesn't have leadership skills. I know I'll get over it, I'm just expressing my sadness at seeing one of the few true gunners leave our club. There aren't many of those anymore.
28/07/2009 21:49:00
Toure shud not leave, it's tat simple. ok he aint the best in the air but the guy is still one of the best defenders around and one among the top 3 pl players since 2003. and jaelle tats ridiculous on ur part. evert player goes through a period where his form isn't the best. Toure has been super consistent for years now and one average season, everyone goes thru it. i still hope he doesent leave. he is a true gooner at heart and genuinely cares about the club. we've got only 2 players left from the class of 2004 and to lose Toure now will be really demoralising. Kolo please stay bro..
28/07/2009 22:07:00
I love Kolo. I remember being so impressed with him when he first came to the club, how he appled himself, both on and off the pitch - I remember hearing stories of how he would be studying the dictionary on the team bus to improve his English - he is a player of great talent and immense character and from the point of view he would be a loss to the squad in terms of his experience. That said, I believe we have seen the best of kolo already and 15 big ones sounds like a lot of money for a player who cost us next to nothing. The only way I would continue to feel sad about this is if Arsene does not reinvest at least some of the 40mill we have thus far gotten from Abu City tis summer. We do not need much, but we do need a bit more experience and leadership. I am inclined to think that Arsene has a few more cards up his slieve on the transfer front, so lets just see what pans out, because I can't see a scenario where we don't have a few more additions to the squad before we are on the road to Everton, All the best Kolo, you are a true Arsenal warrior, I love you man.
28/07/2009 22:46:00
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