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Watch: Ashley Cole Admits He ‘Laughs To Himself’ When He Thinks About Arsenal’s Decline

If Ashley Cole hadn’t burned enough bridges upon leaving Arsenal, his latest comments on the club’s decline should take care of that.

The former England international left Arsenal in acrimonious circumstances to join rivals Chelsea in 2006 in what remains one of the most controversial transfers in Premier League history. If anyone thought that Cole, more than a decade later, might be over his perceived mistreatment, then the man himself has a surprise for them.

Appearing as a guest on ITV sports quiz Play to the Whistle, Cole said that although he enjoyed his time at Arsenal, his desire to win more trophies and the way in which the deal (and prior contract negotiations) were handled meant that he had no regrets about moving across London to Stamford Bridge.

It is his view on his old side’s current plight, however, that will likely enrage Gunners fans:

“I had a great time [at Arsenal], I missed the old players that were there but I moved on and won every trophy I could.

“If I’m honest, yes – I still think to this day, I laugh to myself.

“I had a lot of history there and I think the way I left was maybe a bit dodgy, but the lack of respect they showed me as well.

“Maybe I did things in the wrong way. But when I look back at it now I think there were a lot of parties I could blame.

“But it’s gone now and it’s 10 years down the line.”

Cole has been labelled a money-grabber by Arsenal fans ever since the deal – Cole’s own version of events in his autobiography, in which he claimed he “almost swerved off the road” when the club offered him £5,000 less than his £60,000 wage demands.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Ashley Cole of Chelsea looks through the snow during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 20, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

That said, it could be argued that Cole had the last laugh. The left-back went on to win one Premier League, four FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League while at Chelsea, and is widely regarded as one of the best English players of his generation.

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Author: The PA Team

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