Robin van Persie: The player who helped me settle down at Arsenal
Written by Renzo on August 9, 2011 4:30
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie confessed that Kolo Toure was the one who helped him settle down at the Club after he joined from Feyenoord in 2004.
Answering questions by the fans on Arsenal Player, the Dutchman explained that the centre back approached him and made himself available for any questions he had with the striker admitting that he flooded his new friend with questions in his first couple of weeks as a Gunner.
No longer at Arsenal, the Ivory Coast International was one of the key elements in Arsene Wenger’s squad before he left the Gunners to join Manchester City where he was later on joined by brother Yaya.
Answering the same question, striker Theo Walcott said that Gael Clichy is probably the one he considered as his best friend as he used to pick him up for training with the Frenchman, ironically enough, now also at Manchester City.
On their first days at the Club, van Persie and Walcott said:
[Robin van Persie] I always remember Kolo Toure. On my first day, I was a bit nervous, I came in, I was still young, 20-years old. He came up to me and said, “Listen, I’ve been there, I know how you feel, anything you need, just come and ask me, I will help you with anything”.
And so he did. In the first couple of weeks I asked him loads of questions and he helped me with all of them, he was really good to me.
[Theo Walcott] Gael Clichy was probably my best friend to be honest, he used to pick me up from Enfield and take me to training, some quiet journeys for the first few months because I was so shy but now we’re best mates so yeah, it’s probably him.