Cole explains Arsenal ‘snub’

The likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann and Sol Campbell reunited this week to attend a screening of the documentary covering Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003/04 Premier League season, with former left-back Cole conspicuous by his absence.

As well as the documentary, a book was released last October chronicling the club’s historic season, but Cole rejected the opportunity to take part in interviews.

The 34-year-old was the Gunners’ regular left-back during the ‘Invincibles’ season, in which Arsene Wenger’s men??won 26 games and drew 12, becoming only the second side since Preston in 1889 to record no top-tier league losses in an English football season.

Cole left the club in acrimonious circumstances however, leaving for bitter rivals Chelsea in 2006 after rejecting Arsenal’s wage offer of ??55,000 per week.

Now at Roma, Cole explained his decision to remain absent from both the book and the reunion on Twitter, saying he “didn’t think the fans would want it.”

“People asking why I’m not in the Invincibles book, I thought it would be for the best”, Cole said.

“But I will never forget my times at Arsenal and the amazing achievements I accomplished there with great people.”