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Former Chelsea star apologises to Arsenal after recent criticism

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole has apologised to Arsenal fans over recent comments he made against the club

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Former England international Joe Cole has issued an apology to Arsenal supporters following his critique of the Gunners’ jubilant celebrations after their 5-0 victory over Chelsea in April.

Mikel Arteta’s squad delivered a commanding performance against Cole’s former club, Chelsea, with Ben White and Kai Havertz each scoring twice. However, it was the exuberant post-match celebrations, including fireworks, that prompted Cole, a former Chelsea player with three Premier League titles under his belt, to express his reservations.

During TNT Sports’ coverage of Arsenal’s subsequent home game against Bournemouth, Cole took the opportunity to express regret for his earlier remarks. “I didn’t realise. I’ve got to apologise,” he stated.

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Reflecting on his initial reaction, Cole admitted, “That’s not me. I don’t want to be The Grinch.” He encouraged Arsenal fans to enjoy their celebrations without restraint, expressing remorse for any dampening effect his comments may have had.

Arsenal celebrating

Host Lynsey Hipgrave humorously remarked that Cole was “resigning from the celebration police,” indicating a lighthearted acceptance of his apology by the Arsenal community.


Responses from Arsenal supporters indicated a positive reception to Cole’s apology, with many acknowledging his accountability and sincerity. “I respect this from Joe Cole,” remarked one fan, noting his public acknowledgment of his mistake and subsequent apology.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta emphasised the heightened expectations surrounding the club, with the focus shifting from Champions League qualification to contending for the Premier League title. Arteta emphasised the club’s ambitions and the need for sustained success at the highest level.

“Nobody has even asked about us qualifying for the Champions League! Not a single question!” manager Arteta told reporters ahead of the clash. “Now the only focus is on winning the Premier League. So next season, what is it going to be?

“These are the demands. This is how we live in this world. It is about now, what you have done and what else we have not done? The question now is what else? What do we have to do now? What you have done? Champions League football is taken for granted.

“Obviously that is the first thing we wanted to achieve, consistent Champions League football,” he said. “It is the second year in a row, a consistent challenge for big titles. We are doing this. But we know what the aim is and it is right there. Let’s see if we can do it.”

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  1. Aisha Sharma

    May 6, 2024 at 8:23 am

    Joe Cole gracefully apologizes to Arsenal fans for his recent criticism, acknowledging that everyone deserves to celebrate their victories without judgment. 🙏🎉 #JoeCole #Arsenal

  2. Tanu aggarwal

    May 6, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    👏 Respect to Joe Cole for owning up to his comments and apologizing. 🙌 It’s all about celebrating the game! ⚽ #FootballFamily

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