Kolo Toure will be happy to hand the lead reins back to the more experienced Sol Campbell if they are paired together for the Champions League Final on Wednesday.

The England defender has only played five games since February 1 and even broke his nose during that time. Campbell's return dovetailed with a knee injury to the unfortunate Philippe Senderos. The Swiss centre back is racing against time to make the Final but, should he not, Toure will be happy to play second fiddle.

"I try to help because I feel the most experienced player when we have Mathieu Flamini and Emmanuel Eboue in the side," said Toure.

"But when I play with Sol Campbell he is the main defender. He helps me a lot because he has more games in his feet."

Hopefully, the likes of Eboue, Flamini, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy and, at 25, Toure himself will be the mainstays of the Arsenal backline for years to come. Whatever happens in Paris, the Ivorian believes this will be the start of something big at Highbury...sorry Emirates Stadium.

"We have so many young players," said Toure. "Eboue, Fabregas, Clichy. When you look at our players we are going to get better and I think in a couple of years we will see more from this team.

"It is great that for such young players we are in the Final of the Champions League. We have worked really hard to be where we are now and we are going to enjoy it. Mr Wenger is a good and clever manager. But we are playing against a very good team and I think it's going to be exciting."

Given all those youngsters in the Arsenal squad, the future will be too.

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13 May 2006