Toure - Why partnership with Campbell worked

As a central-defensive partnership, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure came from very different ends of the spectrum.

The former was an experienced England international who already had a Premier League and FA Cup winners’ medal by the time Toure joined the club from Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas.

But together they were the bedrock of the Invincible side that went through the 2003/04 season unbeaten.

“It was special [to be part of that squad],” Toure told Arsenal Player. “I was one of the younger players, along with Ashley Cole. To be able to be around those experienced guys… they help you, they support you and for me that was amazing. 

“I think the thing which helped me was my willingness to listen. I was able to take any feedback they gave me and was always 100 per cent there physically. I tried to have a fantastic life, to focus on my game and focus on the football and the club. 

“A guy like Martin Keown didn’t play a lot, I took his position, but he always supported me and gave me advice all the time. 

“Sol Campbell was a fantastic guy who was really strong in the air. The pairing was really good. Sol was great in the air and I was really fast along the ground.”

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