Toure sees Arsenal spirit in Man City

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has claimed the spirit around the Premier League champions is reminiscent of that which powered his former club Arsenal through their unbeaten season, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Toure was one of Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invincibles, when the Gunners claimed the title without losing a single game, winning 26 and drawing 12 of their 38 fixtures. Arsenal eventually won the title by 11 points from nearest challengers Chelsea, who themselves were four points clear of third-placed Manchester United, with Liverpool in fourth. That year, City finished 16th.

The Ivory Coast international was speaking after City claimed a last-gasp victory over the Premier League’s bottom side Reading, thanks to a Gareth Barry header that Royals manager Brian McDermott believed should have been disallowed, arguing that the England midfielder fouled Nicky Shorey.

Toure however feels that Barry’s goal is an illustration of the dogged determination within the City squad, as well as evidence that City have goals in them from all over the field, at any time of the match.

It was the same at Arsenal, that team who were the Invincibles,” Toure said. “We just knew when we were losing or drawing, we could get the crucial goal. We have the same winning mentality here. We never accept drawing or losing a game.

“It’s really important to be calm because we know we can score at any time. We have so many attacking players who are capable of scoring. This time it was a midfielder who scored. We just keep believing we will score. The belief comes from the quality players we have.”

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