Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has revealed that a rift with William Gallas forced him to leave Arsenal last summer.
Toure and Gallas formed an effective central defensive partnership during three seasons together at the Emirates Stadium before the Ivory Coast international joined City last summer in a £12million deal.
Speaking ahead of his first return to the Emirates Stadium with City on Saturday evening, Toure has now revealed the reason why he moved on to pastures news.
"Gallas and me misunderstood each other at certain times," he revealed."In the end, one of us had to leave and it was me. I wanted to go.
"As a player I had great respect for him because he was older than me and, in Africa, when someone is older than you, you have to respect them. But I think sometimes he took advantage of that in some ways.
"It reached a point where me and Gallas didn't talk to each other at all.
"Arsene Wenger understood my position and I have huge respect for him. He realised that the two of us couldn't stay together.
"One of us had to go. You can't play two central defenders who don't communicate.
"I didn't want to make trouble for Arsenal because they had given me my chance in English football and I really enjoyed most of my time there.
"I didn't want to put the team in a difficult position, so I was the one who said, 'I want to leave'.
"I was with Arsenal for six years, but the last two years there were difficult and I had problems with a few people.
"I was not feeling happy in the team and I was looking for a new challenge somewhere else. It was the right thing for me and Arsenal."