Chelsea outcast could make shock return to Arsenal

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After a difficult season at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, the possibility of left-back Ashley Cole making a shock return to Arsenal should not be ruled out, according to Daily Mail journalist Neil Ashton.

The 33-year-old has lost his first-team place to the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta in recent months, with Mourinho opting to leave Cole out of this season's biggest matches, including Monday night's 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, in favour of the 24-year-old Spaniard.

Cole's current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer - and while captain John Terry and all-time top scorer Frank Lampard could be offered new one-year deals, the left-back is expected to leave the west London outfit at the the end of the season.

So, could Cole make a dramatic return to Arsenal, where he spent his formative years before stunning the Premier League by joining Chelsea in 2006?

Well, when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was asked in December whether he would consider re-signing the full-back back - after the Gunners' 0-0 draw with Chelsea - the Frenchman responded: "If I needed a left back, yes."

Cole is hardly the most popular figure amongst Arsenal supporters - but would they let bygones be bygones and welcome him back this summer?

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