Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that letting Ashley Cole leave the club is one of the biggest regrets of his career.
In a new book based on Arsenal's unbeatable Premier League season in 2003-4, 'Invincible' by Observer journalist Amy Lawrence, Wenger says that Cole left the club on a 'misunderstanding'.
Commenting on Cole's subsequent departure to Chelsea, Wenger says: "[Cole leaving was] A regret of my career. He left on a misunderstanding between his agent and the club.
"A fantastic fighter as well. The rest of his career has shown how big a player he is. It should have been here."
Wenger also said star striker Thierry Henry was "Usain Bolt with a top football talent".
Footballer Ashley Cole, who didn't make England's World Cup squad this time around, said he was "gutted" after his former team-mates lost to Uruguay.
Detectives are investigating a complaint of criminal battery against Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in Los Angeles, police have confirmed.
The Premier League star allegedly threw champagne over British TV presenter Donatella Panayiotou during a night out at Hollywood nightclub Lure, the Sunday Mirror reported.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed they had received a battery complaint against Cole.
She said: "A battery report has been assigned to detectives from the Hollywood division."
Police have 30 days to investigate the complaint, which they received on May 31, before deciding whether to press charges, the spokeswoman said.
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England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has tweeted his retirement from the national team, following reports that England manager Roy Hodgson would leave him out of his squad for the forthcoming World Cup.
I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now. ??
Cole said the England team "should be about the young players", adding: "I think it best I retire from England team now."
We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything
I think the FA can put a big statement out here by not fining him but actually banning him on Friday against San Marino.
Ashley Cole responded to Shearer's comment at the weekend by retweeting a message which criticised him.
- The charge facing Ashley Cole needs responding to barely 24 hours before England's World Cup qualifier with San Marino
- It's not thought the charge will pose any threat to his chances of winning his 99th cap
- He reported for duty at the FA's St George's Park complex in Burton along with the rest of his team-mates this lunchtime
- The Chelsea player is accused of reacting angrily after an FA commission queried evidence he gave in defending team mate John Terry against a racism charge
- Cole faces the possibility of being fined by the FA
- He is also set to be disciplined by Chelsea for the tweet
The FA has charged Ashley Cole with misconduct after criticizing the governing body on Twitter. The England defender is accused of bringing the game into disrepute. Cole has been given until Thursday afternoon to respond to the charge.
John Terry and his advisers will spend the international break deciding whether to appeal against his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, reports ITV Sport.