Ashley Cole



Ashley Cole was born in Stepney, London on 20 December 1980. Noted for his speed, work rate, defensive ability and attacking skills, he is widely regarded as one of the best full backs of his generation and spent much of his career being praised as the best left back in world football.

A boyhood Arsenal fan, Cole joined the club as a youth team player and made his debut for the senior side in 1999. After a loan spell with Crystal Palace in 1999-00, he returned to Arsenal and established himself as the club's first choice left back. Over the course of the years that followed, he became a key member of the 'double' winning team of 2001-02 and the 'Invincibles' team of 2003-04, who went through the entire league season unbeaten. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2005...

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