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Secret Deal Keeping Cole At Arsenal

Secret Deal Keeping Cole At Arsenal

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday July 16 2006
Time: 12:30PM


***** off cole, you greedy ****...
16/07/2006 13:04:00
Best leftback in the 'world'? I wouldn't go that far. He is not a Gunner anymore anyway - he has lost the support of the fans. I certainly don't want him at the club as I suspect most Arsenal fans are feeling. He was disloyal by going behind our backs meeting Chelsea - we don't want that sort at the club. And what did he expect from Arsenal by doing what he did??? Cash him in, we have plenty of depth in defence. He won't enjoy life at Chelsea if the reports are anything to go by. Bye bye Ashely, hope it's not a bog mistake for you!!!
16/07/2006 13:26:00
Just because Cole has made some very questionable choices over the past 12 months, it shouldn't bring into question his abilities. I, like most Gooners am a bit *****ed off with him at the moment, and if I'm honest we should cash in on him, but he IS the best left back in the world. Out of interest, who do you think is better?
16/07/2006 13:30:00
The only person I'd say who could challenge Ash for the best left back title is Clichy himself. From what I remember of the scandal back at the time, one board member scuppered things on wages which meant Dean had to go back on a promise of doubling wages. That didn't mean Cole had to run off to Chelsea but it's not good practice or the usual AFC candour to act that way too. Perhaps the secret deal to keep him invloves Real Madrid.....
16/07/2006 14:44:00
I can't stand this situation as I think Cole is the best LB and am proud he plays for us. I jus hope he stays i know everyone is p***d off but he is vital for us now. But then again we have always replaced quality players e.g. Anelka, Overmars, Petit, Vieira without any problems. As AW says Cole needs to look at wat Arsenal has done 4 him. At the end of the day he only did wat he did coz Edu was on roughly the same wage as him but he was sitting on the bench. But he shouldn't of went behind our backs but lets jus hope common sense prevails and everyone involved can make up and be friends. Coz in reality Ashley still loves Arsenal, its his club he grew up with and he loves his teammates. Its like Beckham, he left 4 Real but deep down he still loves Manchester Utd. Please Ashley if ur reading this stop this madness and same applies to Mr. Dein. Lets jus all be friends...
16/07/2006 15:38:00
***** him off! If he doesn't want to play for Arsenal, then sell him, as simple as that. If we get Baptista in a swap deal, then great. I know this is a big hypothetical, but, imagine the team line up if we then had Baptista, Saviola, Appiah, Davies and Buffon signed up before the start of the season. THAT WOULD BE ONE QUALITY SIDE!!!!
17/07/2006 00:21:00
Forgot Ribery, WHAT A TEAM!!!!
17/07/2006 00:23:00
ash pretends like he did nothing wrong and an example should have been made of him a long time ago. much as i love the guy and i think he is the best left back in the world he betrayed the club by speaking to chelski behind our backs and thats unforgivable. sell him off, clichy will cover for his loss and he will soon be forgotten.
17/07/2006 00:50:00
I am not really happy with cole of how he is speaking about us and yet you will see him stay
17/07/2006 06:09:00
hey does anyone reckon If Ashley Cole hadnt gone talking to Chelsea in the first place this whole sorry situation could have been avoided? he can have no real complaints about the way he has been treated, afterall he was our player at the time he decided to turn his back on his "Beloved Arsenal"
17/07/2006 09:23:00
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