Ashley Cole has spoken about his infamous departure from Arsenal to Chelsea, admitting that he was 'naive and stupid' and revealing that he's still saddened by the Gunners' fans reaction.
Cole was part of Arsenal's award-winning squad at the turn of the century, winning two league titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners, but left in 2006 to join city rivals Chelsea. The Englishman went on to lift eight trophies with the Blues under a spell laden with silverware, but was dubbed 'Cashley' by several embittered Arsenal fans who felt he left on bad terms.
Cole, who has now returned to English football with Derby County after several spells abroad, spoke as a guest on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football. He said:
"The way I acted I was a little bit stubborn at the time. Maybe I should have sat down with a few more people at the time and gone through it with an ice-cool head.
“It happens in football now, I’ve seen it happen to a lot of other players. It’s life, I moved on, they moved on.