Ashley Cole has taken to Twitter to explain why he chose not to be involved in Amy Lawrence’s book ‘Invincible’, which is an inside look at Arsenal’s unbeaten title-winning season in 2003-04.
The book, released in October last year, featured exclusive interviews with all of the members of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, with the exception of Cole. It was written to give an insider’s account of how that famous team became the first to go the entire campaign unbeaten in 100 years.
Football writer Lawrence spoke with the Gunners stars involved in that historic season and used their recollections of games and the thoughts of other players and people close to the club to give a detailed description of events.
Cole decided not to be a part of it and was asked on Twitter why there were no interviews with him in the book and he responded by saying he thought it was for the best.
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Cole and Arsenal fans do not exactly have the best relationship, he is abused constantly by them online and whenever he played against them for the Stamford Bridge outfit, but it didn't stop him from commenting on the good times he had while still at Highbury.
Cole moved to Chelsea back in 2006 amid controversy as there were a lot of issues over the defender’s pay. He was reportedly owed bonus money from Arsenal, but they wanted Chelsea to cover those costs and they wanted half a million pound for every trophy Cole would win with Chelsea that season.
Those money issues left a sour taste in the mouths of Arsenal fans as they thought he only moved to get a bigger contract after David Dein, then Arsenal vice-chairman, allegedly refused to pay him more.
All of that came just two years after Cole was a part of a history making team in North London. He was a key member of the squad and it was in that season that earned his reputation of being one of the best full-backs in the country.
In the book, Arsene Wenger describes each player of the ‘Invincibles’ and he says about Cole: “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.”
Cole moved to Chelsea and won more trophies including the one which still eludes Arsenal, the Champions League. His success clearly still angers some Gooners but there are the ones who still appreciate how important he was for their side and would have loved to hear what he made of that famous season.