Date:Sunday July 16 2006
Even though I truly believe that Ashley Cole was harshly treated by the club, it now appears that Europes finest left back has gone stark raving bonkers.
It is clear for all to see that Ashley Cole will not be a gooner very much longer, things that have been said and done by all parties have made his position untenable. He will leave.
For some ungodly reason, Cole has decided to reveal everything regarding this whole ugly saga in a book called 'My Defence'
Cole has been doing a little bit of promotional work whilst in the close season, doing the usual serilisation crap in the red tops, trying to make everything sound as sensational as possible.
'Arsenal hung me out to dry, using me as a scapegoat to get back at Chelsea,' said Cole.
'The board 'rewarded' me with an insult and threw years of loyalty back in my face.
'I'll reveal the shattering truth about who fed me to the sharks.
'It changed my view forever on the club I regarded as family.'
Cole continued: 'Contract negotiations broke down and as a player I felt betrayed. I was on trial within football and it was Arsenal AND Chelsea versus me.
'I was fined for holding transfer talks with Chelsea and was synonymous with one of the biggest transfer scandals in soccer.
'I battle to clear my name and a secret deal keeps me at Arsenal.'
It is the final part of that statement that worries me. Secret deal? And it's keeping you at Arsenal?
For me, that is practically an admission that he wants away, but can't. When Cole sign a single year's extension last year I was susspicious from day one.
Why after initially reducing Cole's offer from 60,000 per week to 53,000 per week and then the whole meeting with Chelsea malarky, would the club offer him 70,000 grand a week but with only a one year extension?
Smell's fishy to me, always did, and now it seems I will be proved right.
Cole doesn't want to be at Arsenal, so let him go. Maximise the profit to be made from the player and plough it straight back into the team, there's no point in keeping a player who doesn't want to play for the shirt anymore. Even if he is the best left back in the world.
Date:Sunday July 16 2006
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