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Yaya on Arsenal rejection: Wenger wanted me to be striker

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has lifted on the lid on his rejection by Arsenal during trials.

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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