Sunday 31 August 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Ashley Cole moved across London to join Chelsea from Arsenal on transfer deadline day with William Gallas and £5 million moving in the opposite direction.
The deal for the England left-back was completed shortly before the window closed and in time for both players to be eligible for their new clubs for the UEFA Champions League campaign.
Cole made 156 Barclays Premier League appearances for Arsenal after coming through the youth ranks at Highbury, and he won two league titles, including the Invincibles’ unbeaten campaign in 2003/04.
"I’ve come here because I want to win things and I have a good chance of winning things at Chelsea," he said. “I knew what I was leaving behind at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has been great to me and has always been supportive, even up to the last days of the transfer.
"I owe Arsenal for giving me the chance to make it but hopefully the fans, the manager and everybody will agree I’ve repaid them a bit.”
Cole fulfilled his dream of winning trophies in his eight-year stay at Stamford Bridge, playing 229 Barclays Premier League matches for the Blues and collecting a string of honours. He helped Chelsea win the Barclays Premier League in 2009/10, as well as the UEFA Champions League in 2011/12, the UEFA Europa League the following season, the FA Cup four times and the League Cup once.
Cole did not score many goals for the Blues but one became a BBC Match of the Day Goal of the Season contender. It was his effort against Sunderland during their title-winning campaign when he brilliantly collected a pass inside the area, dummied a defender and flicked the ball into the net.
Having been a regular for many seasons, Cole lost his place during 2013/14 and when his contract expired in the summer, he joined Italian club Roma.
He had retired from international football in May 2014 with 107 caps after not being named in England’s squad for the World Cup finals. Gallas spent four seasons at Arsenal, playing 102 Barclays Premier League matches, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur and three years later signing for Australian club Perth Glory.