Henry reveals how Wenger signed warrior Toure

11 October 2010

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed how Kolo Toure joined the club after a successful trial at London Colney with Arsene Wenger ending up on the receiving end of the Ivorian’s tought tackling.

Toure joined the Gunners in 2002 from ASEC Mimosas for a fee of £150 000 and was sold  in the summer of 2009 for £16 million to big spending Manchester City. Toure became part of Arsenal’s unbeaten team and was a stalwart for the Gunners during his tenure forming a formidable partnership with Sol Campbell.

In Patrick Barclay's new biography of Sir Alex Ferguson, published this Thursday, Henry reveals the day Kolo Toure came for a trial at Arsenal:

“Kolo took the ball, man, everything,” said Henry. “The ball soared into the air and was falling just out of play when Arsene trotted after it and snaked out a leg to control it.
“But Kolo was still running furiously and, as the boss trapped the ball, hit him as hard as he'd hit me. Arsene went head over heels. We all stopped and gaped. Then Arsene got up. He had this great big grin on his face. 'Yes,' he said. 'I think we can go to war with this one.' And Kolo joined us.”