According to German media outlet 11Freunde, Arsené Wenger has finally confirmed the hilarious story of Kolo Touré’s Arsenal trial.
Speaking on talkSPORT the former Arsenal player recalled the day Kolo Touré arrived at his trial and proceeded to take people out with heavy tackles – including manager Arsené Wenger.
During the conversation Parlour revealed how Touré had clattered into Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and even Arsene Wenger on a single day during his trial.
During his interview with 11Freunde Wenger said: “Yes, he tackled us but it was more for reasons of enthusiasm than aggressiveness.”
“He was keen to show how much he wanted to stay. I had to go to the doctor, but my injury wasn’t too serious.
“I signed him the next day because of his desire, his hunger and his physical strength. He was a monster.”
Touré joined Arsenal in 2002 for a fee of £150,000 from ASEC Mimosas and spent seven years at the club winning the Premier League, two FA Cups and two Community Shields.
Despite impressing Arsené Wenger so much in is trial Touré didn’t make his debut for the first team until the next season, against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield in August 2002.