Arsene Wenger has revealed that Kolo Toure remains one of his most satisfying signings as Arsenal manager.
Toure joined the Gunners from Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas back in 2002 and was a key member of the 'Invincibles' side that won the Premier League title in 2004.
The 32-year-old has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance since joining Liverpool this summer after a difficult spell at Manchester City where he struggled to convince Roberto Mancini that he deserved a regular starting berth.
The Ivory Coast international has been instrumental in the Reds' wonderful start to the new season and will be looking to help the Merseyside club secure a victory over his former club Arsenal this weekend.
Despite the fact he will be on the opposing side to Wenger, the long-serving Gunners boss is delighted that Toure is still enjoying a successful career in the Premier League.
"I am pleased for him because he came here completely unknown and made a great career," Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
"He's a boy that's dedicated, has sympathy for everybody, speaks with everybody and loves football passionately so you are happy that he is happy.
"Yes [he is one of my most satisfying signings] because he failed tests nearly everywhere; at two French clubs, at a Swiss club and nobody kept him.
"I kept him here after the tests, so he was not good enough for the smaller clubs but he made it in a big club. Maybe that was his luck as well.
"One of the things that convinced me was his sheer enthusiasm for the game and his huge desire to do well. As you know a successful life is about attitude and he had the right attitude and got the opportunity with us."
Toure will be hoping for plenty of success this season with Liverpool and should he help them overcome table topping Arsenal at the Emirates, then there will be a genuine sense of excitement that Rodgers' side can challenge for major honours.