Ashley Cole reveals why it was easy to dump Arsenal for Chelsea

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Ashley Cole, regarded as one of the best left-backs in Premier League history, left Arsenal for Chelsea on transfer deadline day in 2006.

Cole has now revealed why he made the move that hurt so many Arsenal fans 14 years ago.

According to Cole, he dumped Arsenal for Chelsea because the Blues had a winning mentality which was absent at Arsenal.

“The transition in terms of being in a different group, environment and players was easy because, at the time when I first started at Arsenal, we had a core – the Keowns, the Seamans, the Vieiras, the Henrys, the Adams,” Cole told BBC Sport.

“When they started to leave, I felt there were holes in the culture of what it was that brought success. I just felt it was falling apart a bit, or there were gaps missing, and they weren’t filled.

“So that transition in terms of finding myself in a different culture and the willingness and want to win, I went to Chelsea, and I had that.”

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