Arsenal legend Ian Wright has backed struggling Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure after the Ivorian was the subject of abuse following his side's 4-2 defeat against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his column for The Sun, Wright has insisted that it's unfair to place such criticism on the midfielder, claiming that he'd take him in a heartbeat at Arsenal if his former club could land him for £10 million in the upcoming transfer window.
Toure to Arsenal?
In fact, Wright claims that Toure would be 'an absolute sensation', but it remains to be seen as to whether Arsenal chiefs will make a move for him anytime soon.
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Wright certainly thinks Toure has a great deal to offer, as he stated: "As soon as the final whistle blew on their 4-2 hammering by United on Sunday, they were flooding the phone-ins to put the boot in on Yaya Toure.
"And they all seemed to have a similar view — if someone from Italy or wherever comes up with £10million in the summer, then flog him at once.
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"Well first and foremost I have to say I think it’s hugely unfair that Yaya appears to be carrying the can for their Old Trafford hiding.
"If you could get him for that price at the end of the season, I’d have him at Arsenal in a heartbeat.
"Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of writing him off, but he is 31 and I reckon he would be an absolute sensation at the Emirates for a couple of seasons at least."
It would certainly be a surprise if Toure ended up in north London in the summer, but stranger things have happened...
Wright's right...to an extent
Ok, so if Toure really was available for just £10m, then he would prove a remarkable coup for the Gunners. At the end of the day, at 31-years-old, he appears to be in need of a new challenge, and would certainly do a fine job under the guidance of Wenger.
He'd certainly offer the Gunners something different in the middle of the park, but surely it's unlikely that City would sell to Wenger and Co. And, despite what Wright says, Toure does deserve criticism for recent displays, but perhaps fans are going slightly overboard.
One thing's for sure, he doesn't deserve to be made a scapegoat and would still have a great deal to offer if managed correctly. In truth, his days in Manchester appear to be numbered, but that's not entirely his fault.
Arsenal fans: Do you agree with Wright? Would you take Toure this summer? Have your say in the comments section below!
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