“He said ‘I know he didn’t mean it, I like his desire. We’ll sign him tomorrow’ and that was it.”
It was a deal that worked out brilliantly for all parties, with the £150,000 fee proving to be one of Wenger’s biggest bargains during his stay in the Gunners dugout.
Partnering Sol Campbell, Toure was a mainstay in the side that would etch themselves into the history books in 2003/04, completing an entire season unbeaten.
In total, Toure, who is now a coach at Leicester, made more than 300 appearances for Arsenal, proving Wenger’s first instincts were absolutely spot on.