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On Ashley Cole and the Arsenal Christmas party

Clive Rose

Yesterday The Guardian ran a story claiming that Ashley Cole won't be featuring against Arsenal on Monday, after participating in the North London club's Christmas party. Mourinho was quoted in the article saying the following:

"I don’t want to comment. I’ve not even given my opinion to Ashley Cole because I don’t have to. It was his free day, his free night. The next morning we didn’t train. We only trained in the afternoon, so I have no right to make a comment. I won’t. I just have my opinion."

But when asked where that leaves Cole for Monday, he responded: "On the bench or at home." - source

Well that doesn't sound good. Attending a Christmas party shouldn't have enough impact on performance to justify dropping the player. However, knowing how journalists can be, this made me question the article instead of Mourinho. So I headed over to Chelsea's Youtube channel. They usually post some of the press conferences. This is what they had published:

The video reveals what was asked before the "On the bench, or at home" quote:

Journalist: "Azpilicueta is fit again?"
Jose: "Yes"
Journalist: "Ivanovic is back from suspension?"
Jose: "Yes"
Journalist: "Where does that leave Ashley Cole for Monday?"
Jose: "On the bench or at home"

So the reason for dropping Cole isn't that he's partying in North London, but it's because Ivanovic and Azpilicueta are better.

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