Ashley Cole blames Arsenal over controversial transfer to Chelsea

Ashley Cole has explained why he left Arsenal for Chelsea.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole has explained his reasons for his controversial transfer in 2006 in an interview with Gary Lineker.

Cole was a star performer for us for many years, forming part of our Invincibles side and playing for us in the Champions League final in 2005/06 before becoming a hate figure among Gooners when he ditched us for rivals Chelsea.

The former England international has now given some insight into his decision, and it’s pretty damning on Arsenal as he believes there was a big shift in the culture at the club.

Watch below for Cole’s explanation…

While you can certainly question the way Cole went about the move, many fans would have to agree he has a point about the worrying change that went on at the club when so many big names and experienced leaders left in such quick succession.

We never replaced hugely important characters like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira, and while it might have been nice if Cole had stayed on to become our captain and help us through that rough period, he certainly won’t regret the move to Stamford Bridge, where he won plenty of major trophies.

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs all round…


  1. Panther says:

    This headline is misleading as usual. Ashley Cole said he also blamed himself, in the way he left Arsenal..

    1. jon fox says:

      Panther, But he tried to equally blame the club and that was false, as all Gooners know. It is a classic tactic when ones feels guilt (with good cause too), to try shifting the blame onto the other party but only in part, while HALF admitting your own fault, in an effort to get naive people thinking you are being fair.

      He was not fair; he was grossly greedy and underhand and all mature, not easily fooled Gooners will not fall for this shabby trick, so typical of this low life albeit talented, ex-player. If you are fooled, then that shows your naivety. Very few, if any, on here will share it.

      Talented players can be every bit as underhand and liars just as much as less talented players. Frequently , they are more so. CASHLEY IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THIS. Sadly he loved bling and cars more than morals and it needs saying, at least for you.

  2. Roachie says:

    I thought he left caus he was ONLY offered £65k a week on his new contract, and this was when £65k a week was a lot of money…………

    1. jon fox says:

      Whereas nowadays, £65K a week is mere peanuts then eh? Sometimes I have to work all month to earn that much! I wish!!! Player are way out of touch with thereality of life and all sensible fans havelong known that.


      1. Roachie says:

        I was being sarcastic Jon.

        1. jon fox says:

          Yes Roachie, I should have realised. The clue was there in the large “ONLY” ! Silly of me and glad we agree.

  3. Andrew Elder says:

    Wasn’t there a secret meeting in a hotel with Mourinho without the club’s knowledge? Not the way to treat a club who nurtured him as a young lad and made him the player he became.

    Great pity because he was one of our best ever academy players and developed into arguably one of the worlds best left backs.

    1. jon fox says:

      Andrew,That secret hotel meeting DID indeed take place, behind our backs and condemned Cashley forever to be an Arsenal outcast, despite him being probably equal first with the great but unfortunate KENNY SANSOM as our greatest ever fullback in my over 60 years attendance as a Gooner.

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