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Gunners lack leadership - ToureKolo ToureToure played 328 games for ArsenalManchester City defender Kolo Toure says he decided to leave Arsenal because the club failed to strengthen their squad in recent seasons.Toure, who joined City for a reported £16m, said Arsenal's reliance on youth has meant they have lacked leadership."When you look at Arsenal you see all the great players have left and are now in the past," said the 28-year-old."Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Ray Parlour have gone. We lost too many leaders at Arsenal."Arsenal went through two captains last season, with Cesc Fabregas replacing William Gallas at the helm after the French defender made disparaging comments about his team-mates.Toure was the last member of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' (the squad which went unbeaten through the entire 2003/04 league season) to leave the Emirates.

You can't be successful in football without moneyKolo Toure
"Players like Henry, Vieira and Parlour that brought success to Arsenal and I believed it was right at this stage of my career to also move on," he added."When we were winning the league the spirit was fantastic, we were like a band of brothers."The likes of Robert Pires, Ashley Cole, Gilberto Silva and Sol Campbell - who have all since left the club - were also key members of Arsenal's unbeaten squad.Wenger has recruited promising players like Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey, while he has also been keen to promote youngsters from the club's ranks into the first team.But he has suggested he could bring the 33-year-old Vieira - Arsenal's captain in the 2003/04 season - back to the club.And Toure suggested that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's reluctance to match the spending of the other top clubs has led to Arsenal dropping down the pecking order at the elite end of the English game."The best teams are at the top only because they have the best players and to get those players you have to spend a lot of money," he said.
606: DEBATEWenger keeps on talking about the team's potential from last season and it seems he is not really interested in replacing the departed playerssmoking gunner
"You can't be successful in football without money. This is the football business."Toure is unlikely to have any such troubles at Eastlands, with City blowing their Premier League rivals out of the water in terms of the transfer fees they have paid so far this summer.With Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor all arriving for big money, City have signalled their intent to challenge the established top four of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal."City have a project to build a big team and so it is natural it is going to cost money," said Toure.
Arsenal finished fourth in the Premier League last season, as well as and have not lifted a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.
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hit the nail on the head really

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Said it before and I'll say it again, leaders dont complain about other leaders leaving they just carry on leading.Kolo took a L on that one for me, for numerous quotables.

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whether Arsenal fans could give a sh*t about Adebayor and Toure leaving this cant be having a good effect on the morale of Cesc i'm a big fan of the guy and would actuly be gutted if he joined the revolution and hopped of to Spain.Arsenal need to do somthing big in the next few weeks

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whether Arsenal fans could give a sh*t about Adebayor and Toure leaving this cant be having a good effect on the morale of Cesc i'm a big fan of the guy and would actuly be gutted if he joined the revolution and hopped of to Spain.Arsenal need to do somthing big in the next few weeks

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Cesc will be happy to see his bredrin Bendtner playing. Whether he thinks Bendtner can fire Arsenal to glory is another story.

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Bendter playing is one thing shedding members of yourfirst 11 without bringing in proven replacements is anothernot even sending coz in reality i'd rather Arsenal win the league than Chelsea City or the scousers if we cant. its gona be tough this season whats the possibility of you bringing back Flamini

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Toure wasn't a starter tho. Everyone knew this including him.Adebayor is a deeper situation, which I'm sure Cesc is or was made aware of.f*ck Flamini. I dont think him and Wenger are cool anyway, plus Wenger doesnt really bring players back out of personal preference, he certainly doesnt bring them back if he knows even a small percentage of the support will be against it cos of how they left. Which is why Anelka wears the blue of Chelsea cos Wenger definitely consider bringing him back, but then thought nah he gets booed when he comes to our stadium. To be honest only Vieira or Henry could return (even them two as players would raise eyebrows) and maybe someone like Upson.

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Cos he's a c*nt. Left the wrong way and generally f*cked our plans over.

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Oh. I thought he just got shipped out cos he wernt cutting it?Infact I cant even remember the situation, did he go straight to Real?

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Thing with Reyes was he came from Sevilla having the team built round him, to Arsenal and seeming to have others players (Henry) bully him and Wenger obviously not building his team round him immediately.Reyes looked good until the Neville brothers kicked him, after that he only shined in patches.To be honest he always complained about being home sick and not being able to learn English but Wenger convinced him it was "growing pains", and along with a new pay-rising contract, despite not really deserving it, he was happy to extend his stay.The year we got to CL final. He was finally showing some continued promise. Reyes was first choice over Pires on the left, until the CL final when its rumoured that Henry talked Wenger into prefering Pires. Which is why Wenger took Pires off when Lehmann got sent off, which are the two reasons Pires was against signing a new deal and why I think Wenger wasnt so bothered that Pires didnt cos he had Reyes.Then in pre-season, he f*cked off demanding a move, after baiting that he would go Madrid when a Spanish radio station prank called him and then Madrid strong armed us for a player they never truly wanted.It hurt that we never got to see him on a bigger Emirates pitch, that the season he was sitting on Madrid bench, Henry got injured and Reyes would have basically had the forward line built round him.

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are there no players from the 03-04 invincible season still at arsenal?

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are there no players from the 03-04 invincible season still at arsenal?
think clichy played like 10 league games...thats it tho
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Yeah just Clichy & Senderos. Toure was the last first choice player & Senderos is gone tomorrow so just Clichy.

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Yeah just Clichy & Senderos. Toure was the last first choice player & Senderos is gone tomorrow so just Clichy.
weres senderos going?
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Everton. 4-6m.
u man can slide with vermeleen(?) and gallas but another defenders key
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Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou, Silvestre, SongThats Wenger's order.Kyle Bartley will play Carling Cup.

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Oh. I thought he just got shipped out cos he wernt cutting it?Infact I cant even remember the situation, did he go straight to Real?
Swap deal with Baptista.
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Oh. I thought he just got shipped out cos he wernt cutting it?Infact I cant even remember the situation, did he go straight to Real?
Swap deal with Baptista.
*shudders*
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Oh. I thought he just got shipped out cos he wernt cutting it?Infact I cant even remember the situation, did he go straight to Real?
Swap deal with Baptista.
*shudders*
:lol: He was a strong lad though, I'll give him that.
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watch us win the league

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lol @ when baptista deaded liverpool tho, i mean how cud they let man do that

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Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou, Silvestre, SongThats Wenger's order.Kyle Bartley will play Carling Cup.
Good grief. :| Please don't remind me again that this is our backline.Regards.
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