20
Mar

Ray Parlour dishes on Kolo Toure’s outrageous trial with Arsenal

Here we have Arsenal legend Ray Parlour in an interview with talkSPORT shedding light on Kolo Toure’s trial with Arsenal in 2001, and man, it is great.

Apparently, young Kolo was eager to impress Arsene Wenger and the Gunners … a bit too eager.

Parlour notes how Toure smashed into Thierry Henry with a two-footed tackle during the trial.

"It could have been a red card in a normal game," Parlour recalls. Wenger, obviously upset that his best player is rolling around on the ground from a tackle in a trial, tells the Ivorian to stop tackling.

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What does Toure go and do after apologizing? He does it again, but this time takes out Dennis Bergkamp. Rinse and repeat with the scolding and the apology.

Then, a popped-up ball winds at the feet of Wenger. In comes Toure with yet another two-footer, sending Wenger to the medical room. A crestfallen Toure can’t believe what he’s done.

In the medical room, Wenger eventually tells Parlour, “‘I know he didn’t mean it, I like his desire. We’re signing him tomorrow.’”

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And that’s that. All’s well that ends well!

(h/t Reddit)

5
Sep

#TBT: Dennis Bergkamp’s most famous touch

Many have described Arsenal’s stunning capture of Mesut Ozil as the most exciting acquisition since Dennis Bergkamp’s move to North London back in 1995. Bergkamp, of course, went on to cement himself into an Arsenal legend, scoring 120 goals in 11 seasons with the Gunners.

The most famous of his goals? This one against Newcastle in 2002, which is consistently named among the best goals in soccer history. Clearly, these were not the days of HDTV, but you can enjoy this throwback nonetheless:

27
Feb

Dennis Bergkamp to be immortalized with Arsenal statue

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Dennis Bergkamp is set to become the fourth Arsenal legend to receive his own statue outside Emirates Stadium. Originally a rumor, the word seems to be out now after pictures on twitter surfaced of the sculpture.

As you can see, the statue is based on the classic image of him controlling the ball in the air against Newcastle in 2003.

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Bergkamp’s statue is rumored to be unveiled outside Emirates Stadium before the start of the 2013-14 Premier League season, joining the statues of other all-time Gunners Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman.

Bergkamp scored 120 goals in 423 games for the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

Images via @CHIPPINGVON