Seaman: Arsenal need a player like their failed 2003 trialist

Yaya Touré interview

Should Arsene Wenger move back in for Yaya Toure, a player he failed to sign 11 years ago?

This summer's transfer window has already had its first big drama. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure reportedly wanting to leave The Etihad Stadium because prominent members of the hierarchy had failed to mention a Happy Birthday to him during a recent trip to Dubai.

And while City say he is not for sale, removing his wages from the bill and receiving a handsome fee for a 31-year-old will no doubt be an entertaining option.

But who could afford him and want him.

Arsenal for starters. One of the directors exclaimed yesterday a desire to spend big again this summer - saying only Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were out of their price range.

Toure was not on that list. Arsene Wenger doesn't usually sign players of his ilk, even offering small contracts to those players he already has who turn 30 during their time at the club.

Not to mention the fact he missed out on him before. In March of this year Wenger spoke of his regret at not being able to tie down Toure to a deal after a trial in 2003:

"It's up at the top [of regrets]. But let's not forget that Yaya Toure had an agreement with us and it's not because we did not want to sign him that he went to Ukraine. We had to wait for his passport in Belgium. We have made mistakes [with transfers], but this was not a mistake. He preferred to go to Metalurh Donetsk because he could go there without a passport."

Now might just present the best chance Wenger will ever get of signing the player, who appears to have hit his peak in the past 18 months.

And one man who thinks it is a good option is Arsenal legend David Seaman. He told Sky Sports yesterday:

"The shackles are off. That nine-year wait is now gone, the Emirates has now got a trophy, the players have now got winners medals. Let's see how many more we can get because it's one of the best feelings in football when you win trophies and you win medals...

"I think they need a striker because (Olivier) Giroud almost carried the team on his shoulders up front on his own. Luckily this season he wasn't injured much and had a big part to play, but they need a new striker and they need a more dominant midfield player, a Patrick Vieira type or a Yaya Toure type."

Seaman says they need a Yaya Toure type, but why bother going for type when they can go for the real thing. He has three or four great years left in him and he has already proven he can play all over the pitch with aplomb - as age catches up with him he could gradually fall back the pitch. Therefore he is certainly not an option Arsenal should rule out.

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