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Arsenal - Ashley Cole To Stay?

Could it be that after a summer of macho posturing by Arsenal and Chelsea the talks and negotiations will amount to naught?

With the closing of the transfer window imminent, Ashley Cole took to the field in a red and white shirt once more.

A strong Arsenal reserve team spanked Charlton reserves in a clash at the Underhill stadium last night in a game that saw Manu Adebayor and Jeremie Aliadiere bag a brace each, however that's a sub point to this article.

It would seem crazy to me to risk injury upon a world class left back who is worth millions and millions of pounds if he were due to transfer to another club within the next 48 hours. If any deal were close to being done Cole would never have played for risk of him not being able to complete a medical.

Of course there are some wild conspiracy theorists out there that reckon Cole played in the reserve game last night to show the top brass at Chelsea that he is fit enough to slip straight into the side and would have no problems with a medical.

But that's just pure nonsense, isn't it?

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

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 29 2006

Time: 9:57AM

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I still think he'll go to Chelski and Gallas will be an Arsenal player on thursday.
Little Dutch
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29/08/2006 10:01:00

But do really believe he'd have been risk in a nothing game LD? Or are you one of those who think seeing him play in that game was part of the deal?
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29/08/2006 10:10:00

wenger wanted to injure cole as he knows mourinho will buy him anyway! also he wants to push his price up by sort of saying 'we are thinking of keeping Cole actually, so if you want him then pay up'.
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29/08/2006 10:16:00

I hope he does stay for another year to be honest, we need that gap in the defence sealed ASAP!
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29/08/2006 10:31:00

But Tim, if he's stays for another year we will lose him reletivley cheaply. We need rid now I would have thought.
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29/08/2006 10:35:00

so if Gallas joins and cole leaves who plays left back? surely not Hoyte? I'd rather give Traore a go.
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29/08/2006 10:44:00

Traore, Flamini, Hoyte and also Clichy will be back in 6 weeks, surely a player who saw us to ten champions league cleans sheets can cover until then?!?!
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29/08/2006 10:48:00

Its a classic stand off... we'll see soon enough who has the guts to hold out longest... although I think Arsenal have most to lose from this.
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29/08/2006 11:03:00

I'm bored of the whole ******** thing. And I have been for ages now. Roll on friday and plenty of new signings (hah yeah right!!!) and then maybe we can start concentrating on actual football
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29/08/2006 11:10:00

Mofd worried about Sp*rs getting Baptista. Surely a deal can be worked out with Madrid for Reyes with us getting Baptista?
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29/08/2006 11:14:00

Baptista is overrated. He is a good player, don't get me wrong, but doesn't it seem fishy to you that Spurs, the best football club in the world, are the only team linked with him? Baptista is good enough for Spurs, I'm just not sure we need him at the Arsenal. As for Cole, I don't think he's going anywhere. This whole thing has just been going on for too long. If he goes I don't think he'll go to Chelsea. It says a lot about how much they want him, if they are willing to pay 24 million for Drogba and won't even fork out less than that for a player who is more established than Drogba was at that time. I think Ashley isn't convinced Chelsea want him as much as they claim to. Mourinho is probably lining up a secret left0back as we speak, Taye Taiwo perhaps. He just enjoys tormenting Arsenal and unsettleing our team but without actually meaning to buy him.
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29/08/2006 12:28:00

This issue is really taking toll on my nerves .It as been like ages and we are just waiting to know is Cole going to stay or leave .In someway this issue is affecting Arseanal's preparation as they don't know what will be their's fianl right combination that will be starting regularly. I'm some what relieved that this drama will be only till friday and everything will be clear within that
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29/08/2006 12:33:00

It's bravado, this whole saga has been bravado from day one and AW is turning up the heat on Chelski. Make no mistake, they have the most to lose, if Cole does go it will certainly be with Gallas coming the other way. If Chelski don't put up, they're left with Wayne Bridge, who is awful. Either way Arsenal get a world class left back.
Little Dutch
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29/08/2006 12:57:00

HAHA Bridge awful!!! Have you seen him play lately! I as a Chelsea fan will be glad when it is all over! It would be nice to have Cole nut its not crucial, I think Arsenal will sell him as once the transfer window closes his value will start to decreas and next year he will be able to buy out his own contract!
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29/08/2006 15:33:00

Bridge at fault for Crouch goal in Community Shield, Viduka goal v. Boro, offers no cover and JT has to do two jobs when a ball comes into the box. Moanrinho has only been talking up Bridge as an act of bravado. If he trusted him he wouldn't be in for Cole.
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29/08/2006 18:15:00

Just saw today's telegraph and they claimed the deal has collapsed and looks like Cashly will remain an arsenal player for a while.
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30/08/2006 04:48:00

i am a leeds united suporter but if asley cole stays as arsnel and dont move to chelsa as john terry,frank lampard,crespo etc at chelsa but at arsnel henry,reies,reres
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30/08/2006 09:34:00

If we don't get Cole, we're in trouble. Bridge is not the answer. We'll be in for Lahm in January. Gallas going off the deep end is trouble, too.
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30/08/2006 17:41:00

this whole effing saga has dragged on longer than the morning for 'the people's princess'. please, if this was a cat or dog, it'd have been put down, and eaten away by maggots by now. come to think of it, that's one way to get rid of cole and reyes... ;-) »»Arsene Knows««
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30/08/2006 23:55:00

* mourning. bejeezus »»Arsene Knows««
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30/08/2006 23:57:00

in my next post, i will reveal all about the keyboard that fed me to the sharks and sold me down the river; the letter 'u' that i loved since i was a child and that did not appear in the aforementioned word; and the secret deal that keeps me from typing properly bejeezus »»Arsene Knows««
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30/08/2006 23:58:00


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