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Ashley Cole Still Mocking Arsenal



Ashley Cole says he laughs when his former side Arsenal fail because of the “lack of respect” they showed him as a player.
The former England left-back was in the Gunners’ youth teams before enjoying a long spell as a regular starter for Arsene Wenger’s side, winning two Premier League titles.
But Cole rejected a contract extension from Arsenal when London rivals Chelsea made an offer of almost double. Fans from north London held the decision against him, but as he went on to become a Champions League and Europa League winner while his former side have struggled ever since, it is he who has had the last laugh.
When asked on ITV’s Play to the Whistle if he found amusement in Arsenal’s pain, he answered: “If I’m honest, yeah, I still think to this day. I laugh to myself. I had a lot of history there and I think the way I left was maybe a bit dodgy but the lack of respect they showed me as well.
“I think I have to blame myself as well. Maybe I did things in the wrong way. But when I look back at it now I think there were a lot of parties I could blame.
“But it’s gone now and it’s ten years down the line. I had a great time there, I missed the old players that were there but I moved on and won every trophy I could.
“I wouldn’t look back and say I regretted leaving.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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