Toure Respects Wenger But Wants Revenge from Arsenal
Liverpool centre-half Kolo Toure says he has massive respect for coach Arsene Wenger but would put those feelings aside when he takes on Arsenal with his current club at Emirates Stadium this Saturday.
The Ivory Coast international played for seven years under Wenger at Arsenal earlier in his career before being sold for a transfer fee of £15million to Manchester City, whom he also left last summer to join the Merseysiders. In his latest comments, Toure has implied as if joining the Citizens wasn’t his choice, and the Gunners forced him out of the club.
Liverpool Echo have quoted him as saying: “I think it’s going to be a great game for me to play. I had some great times there and it was a big part of my life. Without Arsene I wouldn’t be here. He was the one who saw me. He’s a fantastic manager and gave me my chance to play football in this country. But now is not the time to talk about him. He knows I’ve been talking about him all the time.
“It’s always special to go back there but at the same time I want to show on Saturday that Arsenal made a mistake by letting me go. I’m going there to fight. I want to show them what I can do and help my team – Liverpool – to win. Right now I don’t want to think about any of the good things that Arsene did for me as I’m focused on getting those three points.
“I’ll definitely try to do my best to show them that I’m still a great player. But I need to perform for my team – that is the most important thing. It’s going to be a fantastic game and it’s a good opportunity for us. I can’t wait for it. They have started the season really well but Arsenal have always been a good team. No matter what players they’ve had there, they’re always good because they have a great manager. He’s really intelligent and knows what he’s doing.
“Of course it will be difficult but we are a strong team and we have a great manager as well. They know that we pose a threat to them too and they know it will be a tough game for them. We know it’s going to be a really good game of football and we will give everything we’ve got to win it.”
‘We Mean Business’ – Henderson
Another Liverpool player with comments on the upcoming clash with Arsenal is Jordan Henderson, who has warned the Gunners that the Merseysiders ‘mean business’ on their visit to the Emirates. (The Express)
Making it clear that he and his teammates aren’t afraid of Arsenal, the 23-year-old said: “Confidence is very high. We’ve started the season very well, but there’s still room for improvement and we’re still going to push and try and become better as a team.
“Arsenal have been flying, but so have we, so I think it will be a good game to watch and hopefully we can get a good result. It would send out a message that we’re here and we mean business.”
West Ham’s Reid a £6m Target for Gunners
West Ham United centre-half Winston Reid is a January transfer target for Arsenal FC, according to Metro.
Reid, 25, started his Hammers career at right-back but his 6’3 stature has seen him shifted inside, where he has formed one of the meanest defensive partnerships in the division with James Tomkins.
The New Zealand international captain’s performances have apparently caught the eye of the Gunners, who are now considering making an offer in the region of £6million for him.
It’s believed that Manchester United and Liverpool also hold some interest in Reid and could make a move for him in the next few months, if the Gunners hesitate.
Real to Offer Benzema to Liverpool
Arsenal FC’s hopes of recruiting Real Madrid star Karim Benzema in January could take a huge blow if reports of Los Blancos offering him to Liverpool in a part-exchange deal prove to be true. (The Express)
Apparently, Real are preparing an offer of Benzema plus £20illion for Liverpool’s Uruguayan star Luis Suarez. And if the speculation is accurate, it’s unlikely that the Reds would reject such a good deal, which sees them receiving a player who is a proven performer at the highest level and has his best years ahead of him.
The Gunners’ shortage of options up front are no secret, and it’s widely known that they’ll use the January transfer window to recruit at least another quality striker. Being French and modestly priced, Benzema fits the bill, but Real could scupper the North Londoners’ plans.
Arsenal Target Gundogan Wanted at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona purportedly want to snap up another of European football’s top young talents in the form of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The 23-year-old German is rumoured to feature high on Arsenal and Manchester United’s shopping list, but it seems the English duo will have to face severe competition from the Catalans too in this three-way player battle.
Gundogan has so far failed to renew his contract with Die Borussen, which has sparked rumours that he could be their latest star to leave them for pastures new. And so keen are Barca to recruit him that they reportedly sent their sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta to Germany to convey their message to the Bundesliga club that they want to sign the player.
Rumour has it that the La Liga champions see Gundogan as a long-term replacement for their legendary midfielder Xavi, who at 33, isn’t getting any younger and is in the twilight of his career.
Miquel Enjoying Life with Foxes
Leicester City’s on-loan Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel has revealed that he is enjoying the playing time he is getting at King Power Stadium.
The Foxes recently knocked Fulham out of the League Cup in a game that saw Miquel score his first goal for them. He thoroughly enjoyed that strike and says he struck gold by deciding to drop down a division and join Leicester.
“I got lucky coming to Leicester – you can see they like to play,” he said. “We showed we can be in the Premier League and if we can keep playing like this we have a great chance. Life at Leicester is brilliant. I needed playing time and the best thing was to come here.”
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