Cole, Ashley He won two Premier League championships and three FA Cups with Arsenal, and was a key player of "The Invincibles" club that went unbeaten during the league season in 2003-04. Cole also appeared in Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League final, which the team lost 2-1 to Barcelona in 2006.
He left Arsenal after eight seasons and 192 appearances, having won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time at the club. After leaving Arsenal, he joined Chelsea for £8 million where he made 150 appearances before moving back to London where he played out his career with West Ham United. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2012-13 season, at the age of 36.
Ashley Cole won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 2004-05, when he was part of the "Invincibles" squad that won every single one of their matches that season. He is also remembered for his performance during the 2005-06 semifinal match against Liverpool, when he scored both goals in the penalty shoot-out that saw Chelsea qualify for its first ever Champions League final. He finished his Chelsea career with 75 caps and 12 goals.
After ending his playing days at West Ham United, Cole became a coach under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Aston Villa. He was sacked by Chelsea in February 2019 after making some inappropriate comments about women on Twitter.
Ashley Cole, a former Arsenal defender, wants the Gunners' unbeaten record to be shattered. Cole was, of course, a member of the legendary Arsenal team that went the entire season without losing, capturing the Premier League title in a fashion that had never been done before or since. He is the only player who has ever won the PFA Player of the Year award while playing for his club.
Cole's Arsenal career lasted from 1996 to 2007, during which time he won five FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League medal. After leaving Arsenal, he had brief stints with Chelsea and Cole joined Olympiacos on a free transfer in 2008. However, he only made three appearances for the Greek side before returning to England where he signed with West Ham United. He retired from football at the end of the 2011-12 season after making a total of 337 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal and Chelsea.
When Cole left Arsenal, many people believed that the club would never win another title because they had broken their own record by going 36 games undefeated. But thanks to an impressive squad that included many future Hall of Famers, the Gunners continued to play great football even after losing Cole. He returned to Arsenal for a second stint in 2006 and 2007, helping the club regain its place as one of Europe's top teams again. During his second stay at the Emirates Stadium, he also earned two more FA Cups along with one UEFA Champions League title.
Ashley Cole, probably the finest left-back in Premier League history, was a constant threat down the left flank for Arsenal and, subsequently, Chelsea. During his time at Chelsea, Cole won one UEFA Champions League championship, one Premier League title, one Europa League trophy, one League Cup, and four FA Cups. He also made three appearances for England during his career.
Cole's talent was so evident during his early years at Arsenal that manager George Graham called him "the most complete full back I have ever seen." After making his debut in 1998, just two years after joining the club from West Ham United, Cole went on to make over 250 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 16 goals. He moved to Chelsea in 2004 and continued to be a key player for them, appearing in more than 250 matches until 2009 when he suffered a knee injury which required surgery and forced him to miss the majority of the season.
After leaving Chelsea, Cole had a short stint with AC Milan before returning to London where he signed with Cole County Football Club. The club is based in Hertfordshire and they play in the National League South. They are not affiliated with any other team.
He won the FA Premier League twice (in 2002 and 2004) and the FA Cup three times (in 2002, 2003, and 2005), scoring in the FA Cup final penalty shootout. He is one of only four players to score in an FA Cup final before going on to win the league the same season (the others are Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker, and Cristiano Ronaldo).
Cole's early career was plagued by injuries, but he still managed to make over 150 appearances for Arsenal during seven years at the club. He moved to Chelsea in 1998 and went on to play there until 2006, when he moved to Aston Villa as a free agent. However, he failed to settle at Villa Park and soon after announced his retirement from professional football.
During his time at Chelsea, Cole helped the team achieve two FA Cups in 2003 and 2005 and also scored in the quarter-finals against Liverpool both seasons. He was sold by manager Claudio Ranieri to be part of Jose Mourinho's squad at Inter Milan, but made only five appearances before leaving the Italian side too. In 2007, he returned to London with Arsenal and helped the team win the FA Cup for a record third time in 2004. After eight more seasons at Arsenal, during which time they won another FA Cup in 2018, he moved to West Ham United on a free transfer.
Cole was an unbeatable and European champion who won the FA Cup seven times, three with Arsenal and four with Chelsea. Although he did not always contribute in the previous stages, the 107-cap England international put in some outstanding efforts in the finals. He is one of only three players to score in each of the five FA Cup finals (the others are Gary Lineker and Sir Bobby Charlton).
He made his first team debut at the age of 17 years and 9 months on 4 February 1995 in a Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, being carried off the field with a broken leg after a brutal challenge from Eric Cantona. He returned for a farewell game against Leeds United two weeks later. After scoring 11 goals in 44 appearances during the 1994-95 season, he moved to Chelsea for £5 million ($8.5 million). There he became one of the club's most prolific scorers with 116 goals in 350 games. He ended his career at Arsenal where he scored 40 goals in 139 matches.
Cole won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 and the Europa League with Arsenal last year. He is the only player to score in each of the five FA Cup finals and has been selected in the English national football team since 1994 when he made his debut in a friendly match against Sweden. He played in all five matches and scored once against Germany before retiring from international football following the end of the 2010 World Cup.