Date:Friday August 18 2006
Ashley Cole is trying to weasel his way back into the good books of the fans by releasing a statment saying he's available to play & doesn't want the fans to be too upset.
What Cole doesn't realise is that we are not upset with him for having a dig at the board, I mean who wouldn't be upset if they'd been offered a pay rise and then said pay rise were to be cut, no thats not the problem. Neither are we upset because he wants to move from Arsenal. Most players move on yet they remain firm favorites among the fans. No, it's the fact that he went behind all our backs and when he got caught he refused to admit he has done anything wrong.
The statement is a obvious attempt to try and win back a few friends, in a transparent mission to get back playing football.
Cashley said, "I have made myself available for selection this weekend and it is now up to the manager whether he decides to play me.'
'I maintain I have no problem with the fans and the manager: they have both been very supportive of me throughout my career, in particular I hope the fans understand where my grievances lie."
The statment suggests that no deal will take place between Arsenal and Chelsea and obviously it is important for any international player to be playing regular football.
I'm caught in two minds over this situation. As an Arsenal fan I want the best players in the world to be playing for my club, and even if he only plays till next transfer window he will still strengthen the squad. However, for me, this statement is hollow and holds no emotion whatsoever and it is selfserving and has nothing to do with the fans at all.
I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say if Cole were to issue an apology then in time the Gooners would forgive him and let him get on with his career.
But that aint going to happen, is it?
Date:Friday August 18 2006
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