The former left-back rejected an offer from the Gunners and opted to sign for London rivals Chelsea and admits he takes pride in their struggles now
Ashley Cole says he laughs when his former side Arsenal fail because of the “lack of respect” they showed him as a player.
The former England left-back was in the Gunners’ youth teams before enjoying a long spell as a regular starter for Arsene Wenger’s side, winning two Premier League titles.
But Cole rejected a contract extension from Arsenal when London rivals Chelsea made an offer of almost double. Fans from north London held the decision against him, but as he went on to become a Champions League and Europa League winner while his former side have struggled ever since, it is he who has had the last laugh.
When asked on ITV’s Play to the Whistle if he found amusement in Arsenal’s pain, he answered: “If I’m honest, yeah, 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.
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“I think I have to blame myself 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 ten years down the line. I had a great time there, I missed the old players that were there but I moved on and won every trophy I could.
“I wouldn’t look back and say I regretted [leaving].”