Clock End Boy: First Nasri, then Ashley. Both were so right

12:15 21 May 2012


Chelsea's Ashley Cole celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League, after the final whistle. Picture Owen Humpreys/PA

PA Wire/Press Association Images

“They may be further sullying the human race’s already tarnished reputation, but they were both so very right.”

I do hope Robin van Persie wasn’t watching.

Saturday night telly has gone downhill and it plummeted to new depths at the weekend.

After parking the bus, Chelsea were riding ‘round west London in it yesterday. My how things have changed since Ken Bates ‘electric fence’ idea and that awful little greyhound track they called ‘The Bridge’.

Chelsea may not have our history, trophy record, class or fanbase, but they did the one thing we have never done.

And it highlighted starkly just where we are at. Third place, eh. The bronze medallists.

When Ashley Cole, horrible, little Ashley Cole, looked into the camera at the end and spat: “No one can say nothing now. This is why I come (sic) here.” Well, who could argue?

Nasri last week, Cole this week. And both were so right.

They may be further sullying the human race’s already tarnished reputation, but they were both so very right.

And I thought of that picture of a beaming Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott after beating West Brom. Whoppee!

Get the vol au vents out of the freezer – let’s have a party!

What will RVP be thinking now? What’s the betting that this thing drags well into August, and another pre-season shapes the months ahead in detrimental fashion?

I’m not going to give you my 37-point plan to a better future.

But I will say it’s not about spending enough cash to fill the Albert Hall, it’s about instilling heart and a strategy, the two things Chelsea – of all sodding clubs – have displayed over the past six weeks.

And not giving Johan Djourou a new £50k-a-week contract.

Amongst many, many, many other things.

Still, I could be a Spurs fan. Every cloud, eh…

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Arsenal news

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Alexis Sanchez is left dejected after Arsenal lose to Olympiakos (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Alexis Sanchez continued his fine goalscoring form with the clincher in a 2-0 victory over Brazil but his boss says the Arsenal man was not at his best.

Friday, October 9, 2015
England's Theo Walcott scores his sides first goal of the game (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

England beat Estonia 2-0 on a comfortable night at Wembley. Here’s how we rated the Three Lions

Friday, October 9, 2015
Alexander Kokorin of Russia in action (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Dynamo Moscow manager Andrey Kobelev admits there was an approach from Arsenal for Alexander Kokorin over the summer.

Friday, October 9, 2015
Santi Cazorla, Arsene Wenger and Robert Pires in training (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger says former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires helped to convince him to sign Santi Cazorla back in 2012.

Friday, October 9, 2015
Francis Coquelin of Arsenal reacts. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Francis Coquelin has described his shock at his first few days as an Arsenal player.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Line-Up Events


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Read more
You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Read more

Latest Tech News