Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has insisted work permit problems blocked the prospect of a deal.
But Toure told City's YouTube channel: "When I was in Belgium, I went to Arsenal for a couple of months to give me some training and I remember my first chat I had with Arsene.
"He asked me, 'Which position do you want to play?' I said 'Midfielder.'
"He said, 'Why? When I saw you training, for me, you looked more like a striker.'
"I said, 'That's why you always put me up front, move me, I want to play in midfield like Patrick (Vieira). I said 'I can play like Patrick, I can be better than Patrick' and he said 'No, no, it's impossible."
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