By Chris Harris
As far as Kolo Toure is concerned, his partnership with William Gallas was one of the Premier League's finest last season - and it can be again.
The duo have only lined up together in 11 of Arsenal's 26 fixtures this term and they were separated again on Saturday as Toure returned from a calf injury only for Gallas to sit out the Wigan match with an identical problem.
Even when both men are fit, they are not guaranteed a starting place - Johan Djourou and Mikael Silvestre will have something to say about that. But if Toure and Gallas are reunited, the Ivorian expects them to rekindle the fine understanding they developed last year.
"We played last season together and we finished third and had a really good season, three points behind the top two," said Toure.
"He [Gallas] is a great player. I've been at the Club a long time now and for me I'm just focused on my game and doing my best. I've been injured and maybe that is why we haven't played together but we are both really professional and have been in the business a long time now.
"When you look at Chelsea they have [Ricardo] Carvalho and John Terry but they are not better than William Gallas and me. I'm confident about my quality and William's as well. We'll play more and we are going to show that."
Toure looked sharp enough on Saturday after three weeks out as he contributed to a vital clean sheet against Wigan. That meant Emmanuel Adebayor's first-half goal was enough to secure three points and maintain Arsenal's momentum after their win at Stamford Bridge six days earlier.
"We just need to be consistent in our game", said Toure. "That is the only thing missing in the team at the moment, we are working on it and we are really glad we won against a really good team in Wigan. That is good for the title. The most important thing is to win every game we play and see how close we are for the Premier League.
"We had the same intensity [that we showed at Chelsea], definitely. We were concentrating. We know that at the moment we are playing good football and when we are playing against the top four we are doing really well but we need to concentrate even more when we play against other teams because they come to play for their lives.
"It's a big game for them and they give 200 per cent, but we had a good response to that against Wigan. We showed a great desire."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 8 Dec 2008