The Ashley Cole saga was one of the most infamous moments in recent Arsenal history. A reported misunderstanding between the club and the player’s agent in 2006 led to the eventual departure of Cole to local rivals Chelsea.
The former England international went on to enjoy some measure of success at the Blues, winning a Premier League title and a Champions League with Chelsea. Now, looking back, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that the situation was handled very poorly and that the departure of Cole was a big mistake.
A regret of my career [was seeing Cole leave]. He left on a misunderstanding between his agent and the club.
[Cole is] a fantastic fighter as well. The rest of his career has shown how big a player he is. It should have been here [with Arsenal].
The veteran defender now plays for AS Roma in the Italian Serie A, where he plays alongside another Arsenal old boy Gervinho.
Wenger also had high praise for Thierry Henry and argues that the forward’s speed and ability to score outstanding goals set him apart from the rest.
This guy could do absolutely everything.
What symbolises Thierry are those special goals – the goal he scored against Liverpool, or the goal he scored against Real Madrid. He was Usain Bolt with a top football talent.
We could definitely use another Henry right now to push our season into high gear after a very slow start. Hopefully new signing Danny Welbeck will live up to his potential and we will start to string the victories together, starting with the fixture today against Hull.