A Premier League legend who plied his trade for both Arsenal and Chelsea has revealed his dream combined XI consisting of players from the two clubs, and it includes a two-time African Footballer of the Year and a four-time Golden Boot winner.
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Having amassed close to 400 appearances in his 15 years with the Gunners and the Blues, Ashley Cole is widely considered to be one of the greatest left-backs of his generation.
The 38-year-old, who currently plies his trade in the Championship with Derby County and is England's most capped fullback with 107 appearances under his belt, was recently asked to formulate a combined XI comprising the best players he played with at Arsenal and Chelsea.
The three-time Premier League winner was part of the Arsenal "Invincibles" who went an entire league campaign without conceding defeat. Four players from that historic team were selected by Cole – three of whom were in the France team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
After spending six successful years with Arsene Wenger's side, Cole shocked many with his move to arch-rivals Chelsea, where he enjoyed a trophy-laden eight-year stint and cemented his spot as one of the club's most important acquisitions of the Roman Abramovich era.
According to Chelsea's official website, in goals, Cole opted for Petr Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the current campaign. The Czech shot-stopper holds the record for the most clean sheets kept in the Premier League (202).
The Englishman's back four consisted of himself, Chelsea duo John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic and former Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell.
In midfield, the Derby man chose Frank Lampard and Patrick Vieira, while Florent Malouda and Robert Pires were deployed as the wingers.
Up front, Cole opted for Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry, with the attacking pair responsible for a staggering 279 goals between them, as well as having together won a total of six Golden Boot awards in the Premier League era – with Henry having won four of them.
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