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It’s not an easy decision to leave your club for a rival club, especially when the rival club is located in the same town. That’s the case of Chelsea legend Ashley Cole.
Cole was a key player for Arsenal and was part of the Gunners Invincible squad of 2004, but he made a bold move to Chelsea in 2006, and the left-back went on to have a greater career at Stamford Bridge.
Cole drew the ire of the Gunners fans when he joined Chelsea, and he has revealed how difficult the decision was for him.
“I felt nerves,” he smiles as he told the official Chelsea website. “I knew a lot of the players, but it was nerve-wracking coming to a new team with a new manager.
“I was excited. It was a tough decision to make at the time, but I was eager to get going. I came to the club a little bit angry inside. I wanted to prove what I was worth, that I was good enough to play at the top and I wanted to keep on winning.
“The Arsenal “Invincibles” team was a team of winners with big personalities. But over time, the big players were leaving – Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp was finishing, Thierry Henry – and I wanted to be around a team that had that will and desire to win.
“I’d played with Frank and John Terry with England, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips too, and I liked that mentality. They had won the league back to back and I wanted to be part of it. I was ready for it.”