Arsene Wenger Says Biggest Regret Is Allowing Ashley Cole To Leave Arsenal

Gunners chief opens up about biggest career regret.

In a new book about Arsenal’s invincibles of 2004, respected journalist Amy Lawrence has spent many hours quizzing manager Arsene Wenger about the players he had under his charge at the time. And one of the manager’s most surprising admissions is that letting full-back Ashley cole leave for Chelsea has been one of his biggest regrets, the Guardian reports.

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Cole, for all he won with the club, is now a vilified figure at the Emirates Stadium thanks to his acrimonious departure to Chelsea two years later in 2006.

However, Wenger seemingly has held a little more affection for the ex-England international by claiming that his one regret was to allow the player to leave instead of doing something to stop him.

“A regret of my career. He left on a misunderstanding between his agent and the club. A fantastic fighter as well. The rest of his career has shown how big a player he is. It should have been here,” Wenger said.

Cole is now seeing out his playing days in Italy with Roma.

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