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Ashley Cole explains why he turned down Arsenal book

Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has explained why he turned down the opportunity of featuring in a book about the club's 'Invincible's.'

Cole formed part of the Arsenal team who famously won the 2003/04 title without losing any games, an achievement which has never been matched in the Premier League era.

But the full back moved to rivals Chelsea under a cloud of controversy. He was caught secretly meeting Blues boss Jose Mourinho at a London restaurant while still under contract with Arsenal, and later expressed his disgust at the Gunners' offer of a new contract.

'Invincible: Inside Arsenal's Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season' by Amy Lawrence was released in October last year.

Arsenal boss admits 'regret' over Cole departure

Wenger says Cole should have spent his career at Arsenal. Credit: PA

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".


Ashley Cole 'gutted' at England's Uruguay defeat

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.

Cole tweeted:

Ashley Cole faces criminal battery probe

Ashley Cole played his last game for Chelsea last month. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

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.

Ashley Cole retires from international football

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.

Cole said the England team "should be about the young players", adding: "I think it best I retire from England team now."


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