Ashley Cole has taken to Twitter to explain the reason why he declined to be interviewed for a book recounting Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ season.
Cole, 34, made 228 total appearances for Arsenal between 1998 and 2006, and was a regular in the side which claimed the 2003-04 Premier League title without losing a game, winning 26 and drawing 10.
The now-Roma left-back then made the controversial switch to London rivals Chelsea, however, with his departure leaving a sour taste in the mouths of Gunners fans.
A new book celebrating the club’s achievements in 2004, Invincible: Inside Arsenal’s Unbeaten 2003-04 Season, was released in October but, despite all his former teammates contributing, the ex-England international thought it best that he be left out.
Writing on Twitter, Cole said:
People asking why I'm not in the #Invincibles book I thought it would be for the best. I didn't think fans would want it,— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) February 24, 2015
But I will never forget my times at arsenal and the amazing achievements I accomplished there with great people— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) February 24, 2015
Cole would go on to spend eight seasons with Chelsea following his controversial move in August 2006, winning the Premier League in 2010 and Champions League in 2012, as well as four FA Cups to add to the three he won with the Gunners.
However, after making just 15 Premier League starts last term, the defender opted to move on to Roma in the summer at the end of his Blues contract, where he has since featured 15 times for Rudi Garcia’s side.