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Name Ashley Cole
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc One of the very few England players of a generation who could claim to be the absolute best in the world in his position. Cole could defensively lock down the very best in the world and his longevity at the top makes him an all-time great with an enviable trophy cabinet stuffed with every major honour in the club game
  These days, Ashley Cole is unpopular among the Arsenal fans. However, once upon a time he was heralded as one of the best left-backs in the club’s history. His marauding runs upfield were matched by his defensive tenacity

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Chelsea FC

2004 11 15 Retrieve

[Spurs load bullets for Gunners to fire: Tottenham 4 - 5 Arsenal] That was what we needed and now I think it will turn our season around again. I’ve never played in a game like it - at least, not since I was a kid

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole on Thierry Henry] To be honest Thierry Henry is different class. In my mind there is no better striker in the world at the moment. Marking him is near impossible, his pace is devastating, I don’t think I’ve ever come up against a player with so many attributes

2019 01 10 Retrieve

[A team photo appeared to show Cole physically separate from his team-mates, with subsequent stories of how he was isolated. In an interview with Soccer AM, Cole explained the snap] I’m on the end [of the line] and my friend next to me Urby Emanuelson was stood next to me – but he leaned forward. I’m so hot and tired and stood there like this [Cole slumps].. I had friends there, I had great friends

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole has snubbed Jose Mourinho when selecting his favourite Chelsea boss, with Carlo Ancelotti considered to have been the number one] I think the managers who suited my style were more attacking, which is how I had played at Arsenal. When Luiz Felipe Scolari came in I felt at my best. I felt I blossomed under him and got back to playing with confidence. Ancelotti was my number one. We played with tactics, obviously, but he gave you a freedom and I was able to attack. That double season in 2009-10 was probably my best season. It was the most I scored in a season, I felt I was unbeatable in defence and was linking up with others well. I had a great relationship with Florent Malouda on the left wing, JT [John Terry] next to me and Frank Lampard on that left side of the midfield three. I was able to make runs in behind and was always in dangerous spots inside the box

[His decision to leave the Gunners was justified as he went on to collect an impressive trophy haul with the Blues] I felt nerves. I knew a lot of the players, but it was nerve-wracking coming to a new team with a new manager. I was excited. It was a tough decision to make at the time, but I was eager to get going. I came to the club a little bit angry inside. I wanted to prove what I was worth, that I was good enough to play at the top and I wanted to keep on winning. The Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ team was a team of winners with big personalities. But over time, the big players were leaving - Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp was finishing, Thierry Henry - and I wanted to be around a team that had that will and desire to win. I’d played with Frank and John Terry with England, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips too, and I liked that mentality. They had won the league back to back and I wanted to be part of it. I was ready for it

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from all forms of football at the age of 38 following a two-decade-long career] After hard thinking and consideration, it was obviously time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter.

2019 08 20 Retrieve

[Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma have been the preferred pairing, though the latter has come in for some criticism after a costly mistake in the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United. Former Blues defender Ashley Cole insists there is no cause for alarm at Chelsea just yet] Chelsea have got the players and everyone expects them to be in the top four or six, but the Premier League has changed. The manager needs time, the players need time and I don’t think everyone should panic yet

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole hopes Arsenal appoint interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg as their permanent new boss] Every club has to change. They’re in another transition period at the minute where they tried Emery and for whatever reason it didn’t work out. Now Freddie is there and hopefully he can take over as permanent manager because he knows the club inside out. Freddie was my friend when I was at Arsenal and hopefully he can change some things there.

[Cole, currently working as an academy coach at Chelsea, is full of praise for the work Lampard has done] I’m delighted. I was lucky enough to work with him at Derby County before he came here and I knew how good he could be. He’s obviously come here and changed a few things, brought his own philosophy here, the way he wants to play. I think the team has done brilliantly so far, so no, no surprise how good he’s done. The youth players have been great. A lot of people were probably saying he had no choice to play them, but I think he knows if they weren’t good enough he wouldn’t play them. But they’ve been brilliant, they’ve adapted well from playing in the Championship as most of them did last season and I think they are the driving force of this team at the minute

[when asked about Azpilicueta’s future] I wouldn’t say his time is coming to an end. Tactically sometimes maybe the manager wants fresh ideas, fresh players. It comes with the job, you can’t play every game. It happened to me: Cesar took my place. He’s still the Chelsea captain. It’s not about just what he does on the pitch, it’s how he motivates the players off it and I’ve been around that and seen how good he is at that. I don’t think it will worry him. It will probably spur him on to be even better and train even harder, which is hard to do because he is a beast at training

2019 12 12b Retrieve

[Ashley Cole says Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still the best in the world] It’s tough. You want different positions maybe being credited with how good they’ve played in that season, but to be honest I don’t think you can look outside of Messi and Ronaldo. What Messi does week in, week out is not normal. Again, the same with Ronaldo. It wasn’t a surprise that Messi won it but one day, yeah, we probably would like a defender to win it

[One left-back who has impressed Cole in the Premier League this season is Ben Chilwell] I think, for me, Ben Chilwell and [Liverpool’s Andy] Robertson are the best two left-backs in the Premier League at the minute. He’s playing in a good Leicester team, suiting his game at the minute where he can attack and he’s got protection behind him. Whether he starts for England? That’s probably a question for Gareth [Southgate]. I’d like to see him start because I think when he has played for England he’s played very well. He looks accomplished there. I’d like to see him start but that’s down to the manager

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole says he love to see Ben Chilwell at Chelsea] I would love to see him at Chelsea. He’s doing really, really well at Leicester. He’s enjoying the way Brendan plays and his system; he’s got that licence to attack. When he’s played for England he’s played well – in his last game he got three assists. He’s shown quality not just on the ball, but one-on-one he can defend and he likes to defend. I think he’s quality and I’ve heard he’s a Chelsea fan, too, so I would like to see him here. Whether he would want to leave, or if Leicester would want to sell him, that’s something the clubs would have to talk about. Not forgetting we’ve got Alonso here and Emerson, who I like, and Cesar can also play there. So if you buy a player you’ve still got another three players you need to try to keep happy or whether they want to leave or not […] so it’s a big decision for the club. But he’s got the quality. For sure he’s good enough

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole says Lampard won’t rock boat but Chelsea need to add] I think every top club should improve if they can. Yes, I’ll probably assume that he won’t want to take out some young players but I think as a squad it definitely needs players added to it. But you don’t want to rock the boat maybe a little bit too much. So he wants to keep that consistency in certain players he has but he definitely for me has to add

[Cole admits Lampard will have been concerned by that wobble] I think he will definitely have a little bit of concern. But he knew that the players weren’t going to play well [every week], the consistency is not going to be there, playing a lot of young players. It’s not an excuse that we always keep saying about the young players but it’s a fact. They’re not ready to play 38 games through a season and not have a bad game. It’s normal that they’re going to have bad games. They went through a bad period, we knew that was going to happen. But now, how can Frank motivate them and get them mentally and physically ready?

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has recalled his side’s famous Champions League final win over Bayern Munich eight years after it happened] During the game I always thought we had a chance. But when Muller scored, I thought it was over and my last chance [to win the Champions League] had gone

The Drogba goal was a blur really. I was physically and mentally drained. But after the goal went in I was ready to go again and knew we would win. ‘I still had belief that we would win. Big Pete studied players’ penalties beforehand, so I had faith in him

[The game would eventually reach a penalty shootout, with Cole presented the chance to level the score at 3-3 before the fifth and final round of takers] Personally I felt good. There’s no way to practice as you can’t replicate that situation so you just have to have confidence when taking it

[Cole recalled the heavy burden facing Drogba before his penalty, and said he was delighted to see the ball go in to clinch the first and only Champions League he would win in his career] Putting a feeling of my whole career on one man was hard but to share making history with Chelsea, the fans and my family is an experience that will never be forgotten

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole says he could feel Arsenal’s winning culture falling apart before he left the Emirates Stadium for Chelsea] The transition in terms of being in a different group, environment and players was easy because at the time when I first started at Arsenal, we had a core – the Keowns, the Seamans, the Vieiras, the Henrys, the Adams’. When they started to leave, I felt there were holes in the culture of what it was that brought success. I just felt it was falling apart a bit, or there were gaps missing and they weren’t filled. So that transition in terms of finding myself in a different culture and the willingness and want to win, I went to Chelsea and I had that.

Yeah, I think when you look back, there were mistakes, for sure, on both sides. One hundred per cent, it’s not just entirely my fault and it’s not entirely their fault. I was probably a little bit too stubborn at the time and felt a little bit hard done by. I was a little bit babyish to be honest, but it’s something I won’t ever regret and I wouldn’t ever change that situation. It’s just something that happened. Maybe it was meant to be, who knows? But I definitely feel unjust about it because it wasn’t what people think in terms of money. It’s crazy, but that was probably the last thing on my mind

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Chelsea defender Ashley Cole were not impressed with Alonso’s casual tracking of Yarmolenko for West Ham’s late winner] One of the things I hate about full-backs is when you’re happy to run back but not track. I get they’re pushing for it, last five minutes of the game, but you need a point here. Could he have run back, could he have run back with the intensity he ran forwards? Probably, yes. Could he anticipate earlier? Yes

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Jamie Vardy netted his 100th Premier League goal as Leicester kept their hold on third place with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace] You look at most of his goals, the timing of his runs in behind; that takes a lot of work and energy. He never gives up. Technically, he’s not like a Thierry Henry or an Andy Cole, but it’s the work ethic and the fact he’s always in the right spot

2020 07 05 Retrieve

[Ashley Cole on Saka] Watching Saka’s interview, he feels like Arsenal is his home and he’s a young kid. I think the group they’ve got around him with extra young players is making him feel very welcome and at home so I bet Arsenal fans are buzzing that he’s signed and he definitely looks like one for the future.