ARSENAL TRAINING: HOW PARTEY IMITATED TOURE
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey did his best KoloToure impression after the video of him wildly lunging to a tackle in training surfaced online. In the video posted on the Instagram account of Gunners skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang, Partey lunged into a tackle during Arsenal training and wiped out Arsenal coach Sam Wilson in the process.
Wilson is the strengthening and conditioning coach at Arsenal and Partey almost injured him via a tackle during a rondo training drill. The tackle from Partey evoked the memories of KoloToure and his first training session at Arsenal while he was on trial at the club.
KoloToure narrated to the official website of Arsenal in 2017 how he launched a big tackle on manager ArseneWenger while he was on trial. According to him, he thought the legendary Arsenal boss was also involved in the training session. KoloToure went on to say that the tackle on Wenger made him want to sign him as he saw his desire as a defender.
Arsenal signed Toure from ASEC Mimosas in his native Ivory Coast and he went on to play a big role for the club during the Invincibles season. He was a mainstay in defence as the Gunners went through the 2003/04 season without a single defeat on the way to winning the Premier League title.
No club has been able to replicate the unbeaten season achieved by Toure and Arsenal in the Premier League era.
Toure was also a key part of the defence that conceded just four goals on the way to the way to the 2006 Champions League final. He partnered Philippe Senderos at the heart of the Arsenal defence as the Gunners kept a record ten successive clean sheets before the defence was breached in the Champions League final which ended in a 2-1 win for Barcelona against 10-man Arsenal.