Arsenal referred to Celtic’s invincible season on social media as they wished former Hoops defender Kolo Toure a happy birthday.
Toure spent seven years at Arsenal between 2002 and 2009. It was during that period when he became an invincible for the first time under Arsene Wenger.
He then came up to Celtic to play under Brendan Rodgers as Parkhead became his final destination as a player. Yet again, the Ivorian would achieve the unthinkable by becoming a two-time invincible as he went the 2016/17 campaign without defeat.
Arsenal have nodded towards it on social media today too. The former centre-back turns 39 years old today:
A defender so good he became an Invincible twice.
Happy birthday, Kolo! 🎈 pic.twitter.com/95TJbfTfzW
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 19, 2020
A valuable addition to a struggling backline
When Toure arrived at Parkhead back in 2016, there was no question he would be a first choice. The ex-Arsenal man was head and shoulders above every other centre-back we had at the club with regards to experience.
However, despite being such a commanding figure during the early months of Brendan Rodgers’ invincibles era, Toure still only made 17 appearances (Transfermarkt).
He was a regular over the course of August and September during his time here. But Rodgers started to prefer a partnership of Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko before December. When 2017 rolled along, Dedryck Boyata also started throwing his name into the mix.
It became clear that Toure wouldn’t play much further with so many youngsters stepping things up in that invincible campaign.
Therefore, it wasn’t long before Rodgers signed him to his backroom staff to become a first-team coach. He stayed in that role until Rodgers’ controversial departure from the club last February. Kolo went with him to Leicester City, where he still works as a first-team coach.
Of course, it’s difficult to look at Toure with the same venom as some do towards Rodgers. He gave it his all during his time here and was a big reason as to why we started the 2016/17 campaign so positively.