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Yaya Toure reveals Wenger wanted him to be Arsenal's striker

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Yaya Toure says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wanted him to play as a striker instead of in midfield when he almost signed him in 2003.

The Ivorian has been the driving force behind Manchester City's success in recent seasons from the middle of the park since arriving from Barcelona in 2010. 

This season however the 30-year-old has found his shooting boots and so far he's scored 18 goals in the Premier League, making him Manchester City's top scorer ahead of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo.

Toure could have signed for Arsenal after a trial with the club over ten years ago but embarked on a career in eastern Europe and Greece before eventually signing Manchester City.

Now the former Barcelona man has revealed that one of the reasons he didn't sign for Arsenal is because Wenger viewed him as a striker.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Jamie Redknapp for the Daily Mail, he said: "It started when I was in Belgium and I went to Arsenal to do some training. I remember the first chat I had with Arsene Wenger.

"He asked me: ‘Yaya, which position do you want to play?’ I told him I wanted to be a midfielder. He said: ‘Why? When I saw you training, for me you look more like a striker.’ I said: ‘Ah, that’s why you keep playing me up front! Move me, I want to play in midfield like Patrick Vieira. I can play like Patrick and I can be better than Patrick.’ He said: ‘No, no. That’s impossible. No one is better than Patrick.’"

Toure's influence will be crucial as Manchester City try and claim their second Premier League title this season - and their fate could be decided by a top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

Four points separate the two teams, however the Citizens have two games in hand, and Toure concedes that the game at Anfield will have a huge bearing on the title race.

"No doubt about it, the game will be very important," he said.

"We know how difficult it will be against teams fighting relegation but the important thing is going to Liverpool and trying to get a good result. After that we have to continue to perform because if we want to win the league we have to win all games."

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