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Cole Out Of Squad To Face Zagreb

Cole Out Of Squad To Face Zagreb

Not that any was needed but Arsene Wenger has added fuel to the Ashley Cole transfer saga by leaving him out of the squad to face Dinamo Zagreb at Ashburton Grove tomorrow night.

Many rumours have been flying about over the last 12 months regarding Ashley Cole's future but surely now this sorry mess should be coming to an end.

The latest reports suggest that Josie Maureenho has offered William Gallas in a cheeky straight swap transfer offer, which is unlikely to be accepted by Arsene Wenger.

While the offer does appear to be ridiculous I wouldn't be too bothered to see this go through. Gallas is a top class player, Ashley Cole is a little twat who obviously wants away from the Gunners and if the Arsenal board continue to keep a high transfer fee for Cole then we risk losing him on a free altogether.

At first glance you might think I'm talking rubbish but even if we get 15 million for Cole, how many central defenders of Gallas' quality are out there and available for that kind of price?

Anyway, regardless of that it looks highly unlikely that Cole will feature between now and the end of the transfer window. Once that date has past if no transfer has been concluded, then and only then will a possibility of Cole taking the pitch in a red and white shirt.

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

Date:Tuesday August 22 2006
Time: 1:17PM


I always thought this match was the acid test. Make no mistake, he's definitely out of here now. Expect Gallas in an Arsenal shirt by the end of the window. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Little Dutch
22/08/2006 13:21:00
Ahley Cole is also a top class player that this Arsenal narrator no longer likes, Gallas will want to play at right back, can you accommodate that and not drop a player? If so Gallas plus a bit of cash, no more than 5 million.
22/08/2006 13:24:00
Gallas wants to play centre back, a player we could really do with.
22/08/2006 13:28:00
I would be happy with a streight swap. There is no point recieving 10 million if we do not need another player appart from a CB. Maybe a DM but Alou Diarra would onlt cost 4 million.
22/08/2006 13:31:00
No I think we should continue to play hardball. We can't let Chelski, or anyone else, think they can tap our players and that good old Arsenal will relent and let them go on the cheap. If Cole has to sit tight till January, so be it.
Little Dutch
22/08/2006 13:34:00
Cole's market value for a player of his age and quality is around £25M. It is clear that Chelsea are dragging this out to the end of the transfer window on the assumption that we will give in on the price. Bearing in mind the amount of money Wenger allegedly has available to spend and the fact that he is not spending any of it (and in my opinion, is unlikely to) Arsenal don't need the money. Without a doubt, they should hold out for the full fee. If it doesn't happen it will be worth losing the fee to see the player squirm back into contention and take the abuse he so richly deserves.
22/08/2006 13:41:00
There isn't another club in the world that has to put up with this much destabilizing tactics EVERY pre season. Real Madrid are the number one culprit (and I thats more of a reflection on Wengers scouting talents). Now it's Chelsea, but it's for a far more sinister reason. You see, Arsenal are a massive treat to Chelsea. Not in terms of the title, but in terms of footballing respect. They are far more appreciated by the neutral and that p*sses off Mourinho. So him and his little bald money grabber Kenyon, brew up these meetings and achieve nothing but bad press for both the player and Chelsea. Sooner the better Abramovich takes an interest in Basketball or seal clubbing and takes his ill gotten gains elsewhere. Ashley Cole was arsenal through and through, a future captain and a fans favourite. Between him, Chelski and his agent he's ****ed it up and I for one bet in years to come he'll regret this period more than any other period in his career.
22/08/2006 13:42:00
How would a straight swap be acceptable? Gallas only has a year left on his contract & is 29 years old cole has two years & is 25. If arsenal were quoting 20-25 million for cole & accepted a straight swap deal they would look stupid. Gallas at most is worth about 8 million under current circumstances. I am sure there are many excellent cb's we could get for under 15 million ie mexes. Anyway its doubtful wenger even wants gallas because that would mean djourou being fourth choice after toure, gallas & senderos. Djourou would then want to leave as he is 19 & a current international player, alongside the fact he is far too good to play reserve team football all season. He also only has a year on his contract & I would prefer him to get a chance rather than get gallas & then lose djourou who's 10 years younger.
Ashburton Gooner
22/08/2006 13:43:00
What about the fact that Wenger made a cheeky 5 million quid bid for Gallas, surely that shows that Wenger is more than interested. Under new rules Ashley Cole will be able to buy himself out of his exisiting contract at the end of THIS season, he has a two year contract but it isnt worth much. I'm not saying that Wenger should accept straight away, of course he should try and get the best deal possible, but I wouldnt be to bothered if it was a straight swap!
22/08/2006 13:48:00
AW has confirmed he's made an offer for Gallas.
Little Dutch
22/08/2006 14:15:00
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