Emirates Stadium boss keen to bring Etihad Stadium defender back to North London.
Arsene Wenger will step up efforts to bring former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure from Man City this January. The Ivory Coast international has been frozen out at the Etihad Stadium following his six month drug ban and the Gunners boss is keen to strengthen his defensive options after seeing his side concede an astounding 21 goals in ten Premier League matches thus far this season.
Toure left Arsenal in the summer of 2009 and was a regular for 18 months but has not been able to fight his way back into Roberto Mancini’s first team plans since his six month ban came to an end in early September. The Italian’s first choice pairing of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott has been near flawless at the back and even new signing Stefan Savic has seen more action than the former Man City captain.
Though Arsenal triumphed at Chelsea Wenger will have been disappointed with yet another poor defensive display and with a number of injury issues restricting the players he can pick from, a move to bring in further defensive options makes a great deal of sense.
Laurent Koscielny has been been in good form of late but Per Mertesacker has made some mistakes as he tries to adjust to the pace of the Premier League. Thomas Vermaelen has struggled for full fitness and Johan Djourou had to help out by playing out of position at right back at Stamford Bridge.
City may be inclined to consider offers for the 30 year old, not least as Kolo will be in African Nations Cup action in January anyway. However Arsenal may not be too concerned about the Ivorian representing his country for a few weeks as it would help bring the defender back to speed having not made a Premier League start in almost nine months.