'Wenger said I'd score four out of every five' - And he was ALMOST right!

Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has revealed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw him as a striker.

Much has been written about Arsenal's failure to sign Yaya Toure at the beginning of the Ivorian's career, with the player opting to move to Ukraine rather than England due - the Frenchman recently revealed - to the fact that Toure could sign for Metalurh Donetsk without a passport.

But in a recent interview the Sky Sports, the Manchester City man revealed a conversation he had during his spell training at Arsenal, which prompted this article.

We already know Wenger saw Toure more as a forward than a midfielder, but Toure told Jamie Redknapp, "He wanted me in attack because he said that from five shots I'd score four goals."

So was Wenger right?  Is Toure that prolific in front of goal all these years later?

Taking a look at the Opta stats below you can see that Toure has scored 18 goals from 53 shots in total, far off Wenger's prediction.

  Total Scoring AttemptGoals
Yaya Touré 53 18

But a look at on-target scoring attempts shows the Arsenal boss may have known exactlywhat he was talking about, with Toure just two league goals off matching Wenger's prediction of four goals from every five shots.

  On-target Scoring AttemptGoals
Yaya Touré 25 18

It is a remarkable record for a midfielder, even if he is one who is enjoying a sparkling season amid some of the best attacking talent currently playing the game.  But it also raises the question as to what might have happened if Toure had taken Wenger's advice back then?

Could we have seen an Ivory Coast striker every bit as effective in front of goal as his international teammate Didier Drogba?

We will never know, and perhaps City have in fact got the best of both worlds: one of the most dominant central midfielders in Europe who also happens to be scoring for fun right now.

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