Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has admitted regret over his decision to leave the Gunners unceremoniously over a decade ago.
Ashley Cole reflected over his time at Arsenal and the manner of his exit while he was on Monday Night Football (MNF) on popular media channel Sky Sports.
The 38-year-old left-back spoke about the abuse he still gets from Arsenal fans till date for his actions before admitting that it’s tough to swallow for him having come through the Arsenal Academy before making his first team debut for the club as a 19-year-old in 1999 during the early days of legendary manager Arsene Wenger at the club.
Ashley Cole had joined Arsenal at the age of nine.
He left Arsenal for Chelsea in 2006 in a cash-plus-player swap deal which saw William Gallas move in the other direction.
Ashley Cole angered Arsenal fans after he joined London rivals Chelsea to earn more money and this birthed his nickname ‘Cashley’
The ex-England international defender won both the Premier League and Champions League titles during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Italian club AS Roma.
Cole is back in England after linking up with ex-Blues teammate Frank Lampard at Derby County.
Lampard is the Derby County manager having been appointed into the position last summer.
Ashley Cole signed a short-term deal with Derby County as a free agent after he left Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy towards the end of last year.