• News

Best XI: Arsenal in the 21st century

Getty Images

LB – Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole
9 Sep 2000: Ashley Cole of Arsenal celebrates scoring the equalizer during the Carling Premiership game between Bradford City and Arsenal at Valley Parade, Bradford. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/ALLSPORT

A controversial choice given the circumstances surrounding his transfer to Chelsea in 2006, where he literally back-stabbed everyone at Arsenal.

On his day, though, Cole was regarded as the world’s best left-back and quickly rose through the Arsenal ranks.

He made 288 appearances in his time in north London, and helped the Gunners win two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and two Community Shields.