“He let the game be the teacher.” Ex-Gunner opens up on playing for Wenger

Ashley Cole is looking to build a career for himself as a manager and the former Arsenal full-back has named Arsene Wenger as one of his managerial influences.

He has played under some of the finest managers in the game, including Wenger and Jose Mourinho.

The former England international was the first choice at both Arsenal and Chelsea and enjoyed a long playing career with the England national team as well.

Cole is now looking to venture into coaching, having supported Frank Lampard at Derby County.

In a recent interview, he discussed how the likes of Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, managed their teams.

On Wenger, he said, as quoted by Sun Sports: “Arsene Wenger at times, he let the game be the teacher.

“I made a lot of mistakes in my early career and he never took me out of the team. He trusted the process that I was going to be a top player.

“If I could take all those three and squash them together then, hopefully, that will be me.”

Wenger was one of the finest managers in England, and more of his former players are now turning to management.

Cole would join the likes of Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira on the managerial dugout when he finally gets his first gig as a manager.

Having forced his exit from Arsenal to Chelsea, he will know that the Gunners will not come knocking for him to be their manager in the future.

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  1. Arsene Wenger , the best manager and gentleman. please come back to Arsenal om the board.

    Keep Arteta selling the best young players, then keeping on buying expensive players not as good

  2. Yet another ex player who sings AW’s praises.
    I believe he has been classed as THE finest left back ever to wear the shirt by some on here and to see how he rates AW is a testament to the boss.

    I remember saying on JA, that time will reveal just how much AW gave to our club throughout his tenure and that prophesy is coming to fruition.

    Watching DD and AW together the other evening, threw even MORE light on to their partnership and, for those who say AW should have left in support of DD, should really just LISTEN to what both men said.

    How I wish BOTH of these giants of our club and football in general, could be back at The Arsenal.

    Well said Ashley Cole and I have warmed a little to you and wish you good luck in your managerial career.

      1. I only hope that time can be a healer for both men NY_Gunner… both men were hounded out of our club for different reasons and, as it was made perfectly clear, neither wanted the partnership to break up.

        What wonderful ambassadors they would be around the world, appearing together under the Arsenal badge… thanks for your reply.

        1. Cole wasn’t hounded out ken, he was s**t on, after he says Arsenal went back on a verbal agreement on his proposed new contract.

    1. Great Mr Cole..
      Which Gooner will ever forget your productive years at both Highbury and Emirates…until Jose turned your brain into something char-COAL!

  3. Reggie, I was referring to DD and AW being hounded out.
    Ashley Cole was offered a new contract, that he didn’t think was good enough and left for Chelsea.
    What went on behind the scenes, at both Arsenal and Chelsea, we will never be privy too…. Arsenal deny his accusations, just as chelsea deny talking to him while he was an Arsenal player.

    1. Ken- which of these two do you believe is correct

      1) Wenger was SACKED by the club due to the uncontrolled downward spiral he oversaw.

      2) Wenger broke his contract and left the club due to him being unable to reverse the uncontrollable downward spiral he put us in

      It will be interesting to hear what you believe to be correct

      1. Phil, not sure what your question has to do with the article, but I will answer your questions in a separate article over the coming days my friend.
        Meanwhile, as a simple yes or no answer…. do you think that Arsene and David would be great ambassadors for the club?

        I will have the article to Pat bye this time next week, I’m finishing off knitting a muffler for you😂😂😂

  4. Ken- DD should never have been allowed to leave this club. A very very black mark in this clubs history.
    Wenger would be a perfect ambassador- just keep him away from the coaching and management. The game has moved on
    Looking forward to the article Ken

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