Arsenal defender told to honour his contract

Arsenal have today told want-away defender Kolo Toure to stay put and honour his contract. The Ivorian defender handed in a transfer request at the North London club just yesterday, however Gunners Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has now rejected the request.

Toure, 27, has struggled for first team football this season at the Emirates and a possible January move to Manchester City has been touted. When asked about Toure's decision to hand in a transfer request, Hill-Wood had this to say : "I know about it (the transfer request) ... But we are not going to accept it.

"We are not looking to let any of our players go and he is under contract - and we expect him to honour it." Personally, I am not surprised to see Arsenal reject Toure's transfer request because at the moment they don't really have too many options in the centre of defence. It's a shame that this has happened because over the years, Toure has been a terrific servant to the club and it is disappointing to see he wants to leave.

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