Cole reveals why he swapped Arsenal for Chelsea

Ashley Cole said he left Arsenal for Chelsea in one of the most controversial transfers of the Premier League era because their 'winning culture was falling apart.' Cole, who was regarded as the best left-back in the world, made the controversial transfer on deadline day in 2006, 14 years ago. His move from north to west London pained the Arsenal fans as he was one of their rarest success stories, a kid from the Gunners academy who flourished in the Arsene Wenger era alongside significant others such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. Although many accused Cole of leaving Arsenal for a more substantial pay packet, he insists his departure from the Emirates was due to culture. 'The transition in terms of being in a different group, environment and players was easy because, at the time when I first started at Arsenal, we had a core – the Keown's, the Seaman's, the Vieiras, the Henry's, the Adam's',' Cole told BBC Sport. Cole was pictured in January 2005 meeting Chelsea's then manager Jose Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon at the Royal Park Hotel in Lancaster Gate, London while still under contract at Arsenal. He was an integral part of the Chelsea trophy winning side for nearly the next eight seasons before moving on to Roma and LA Galaxy.