WHO IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE'S BEST LEFT-BACK IN HISTORY?

Some months ago, former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole announced his retirement from playing football. We compare the 38-year-olds with three other players to have graced the position.

Leighton Baines

Apps: 412. Goals: 32. Assists: 53. Clean sheets: 113.
Baines' 340 top-flight appearances for Everton are just 12 short of Tim Howard's club record. His 53 assists are the most among those who have only played in defence, while his 32 goals are third among defenders.
Ashley Cole
Apps: 385. Goals: 15. Assists: 31. Clean sheets: 147. Titles: 3.
Cole was a part of Arsenal's 2001/02 and 2003/04 title-winning teams before moving to Chelsea in 2006, where he won the league in 2009/10. He also triumphed in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final and won four FA Cups to add to the three he lifted with Arsenal.


ASHLEY COLE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO DIE DURING HOME RAID

Ashley Cole thought he was going to die during home raid, court told. Masked raiders smashed into home of ex-England footballer and threatened to cut off his fingers, court hears. The former England footballer told police he thought he was “going to die” as masked raiders smashed into his home and threatened to cut off his fingers with pliers, a court has heard.


COURT HEARS HOW COLE WAS THREATENED

A Nottingham Crown Court has heard how Ashley Cole was threatened in his home by a group of armed robbers. The former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back was severely threatened during the raid at his home on January 21, 2020. The intruders told Ashley Cole that his fingers would be cut off if he does not cooperate with them.

The aforementioned Court with sitting earlier this month heard that 34-year-old Kurtis Dilks led the group of four people who forced their way into the house of Ashley Cole. The robbers were not put off by Cole shouting at them from inside his house. Afterwards, Cole was led around his house with his hands tied behind his back via a cable. The robbers were said to have made away with mobile phones, a Gucci bag, watches, and a BMW Smart Key.


FORMER BLUES STAR ASHLEY COLE BECOMES HALL OF FAME NOMINEE

Nominees for Hall of Fame in 2022
There are 25 nominees who have been shortlisted for the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2022. The six players with the most combined votes from the fans and a Premier League Awards panel will enter the Hall of Fame. Fans had their say by voting up until 21:00 BST on Sunday 3 April.


WENGER ADMITS SELLING ASHLEY COLE WAS A MISTAKE

A player that graduated through the Gunners’ famed academy system left for Chelsea in 2006 after being unable to agree a new contract. Arsene Wenger bought and sold many world-class players during his 22-year reign as Arsenal manager, but the Frenchman admits that losing Ashley Cole to Chelsea is his biggest regret as the Gunners made a rare “mistake” in the transfer market.


IWOBI REVEALS WHAT EVERTON ASSISTANT MANAGER SAID

Everton forward Alex Iwobi has opened up on what his club's assistant manager Ashley Cole said adyrr their match against League leaders Manchester City. The game was not a favorable one for Everton as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola's men despite their resilience. Manchester City restored their six-point gap at the top of the table after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton at Goodision Park on Saturday evening.


LAMPARD WELCOMES FORMER TEAMMATE AS BACKROOM STAFF

Former teannates at Chelsea, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, have both reunited at Everton as they aim to help the Merseyside outfit out of their current problems. This comes after Cole agreed to link with Lampard after he was hired as Everton manager on Monday and moved quickly to take Cole with him to Goodison Park. Cole and Lampard were team-mates at Chelsea from 2006 to 2014, winning a host of trophies including the Premier League and Champions League. The 41-year-old former left-back also played under Lampard at second-tier Derby before retiring in 2019. Cole's new role will not impact his duties with England Under-21s, where he is the assistant to head coach Lee Carsley.


ASHLEY COLE SENDS CHELSEA’S PLEA

The Chelsea legend has asked Chelsea’s Coach Thomas Tuchel to do all he can to make sure that German international Antonio Rudiger does not leave the club at the end of his current contract in the summer.

Rudiger who has been at Chelsea since 2017, has become a key figure in Tuchel’s Chelsea but contract issues have complicated any attempt to see the menacing defender stay at the Bridge beyond this summer. Rudiger loves his time in England, and truly appreciates the club but he wants a wage that matches hiscurrent status at Chelsea.


ARSENAL DEBUT EXPERIENCE IS PRICELESS - HOYTE

Former Arsenal and Middlebrough defender Justin Hoyte has revealed that the experience of making his debut for the Gunners is priceless and that the memory will stay with him forever. Hoyte is a boyhood Arsenal fan and he was delighted to play his first game for the club as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant in the second half of the Southampton game in the Premier League towards the end of the 2002/03 season. The Trinidad and Tobago international came on in the 89th minute of the game which ended in a 6-1 win for Arsenal.


WENGER, A MANAGERIAL INFLUENCE FOR COLE

Englishman Ashley Cole has named Arsene Wenger as one of his managerial influences as he begins his career in management. In a recent interview made by Ashley Cole and quoted by Sun Sports, the Ex-England international left-back detailed how Wenger supported him at the start of his career as a professional footballer. According to him, Wenger trusted the process as he believed that the fullback was destined for greatness.


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