Date: 22nd August 2006 at 1:17pm
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Not that any was needed but Arsene Wenger has added fuel to the Ashley Cole transfer saga by leaving him out of the squad to face Dinamo Zagreb at Ashburton Grove tomorrow night.

Many rumours have been flying about over the last 12 months regarding Ashley Cole’s future but surely now this sorry mess should be coming to an end.

The latest reports suggest that Josie Maureenho has offered William Gallas in a cheeky straight swap transfer offer, which is unlikely to be accepted by Arsene Wenger.

While the offer does appear to be ridiculous I wouldn’t be too bothered to see this go through. Gallas is a top class player, Ashley Cole is a little twat who obviously wants away from the Gunners and if the Arsenal board continue to keep a high transfer fee for Cole then we risk losing him on a free altogether.

At first glance you might think I’m talking rubbish but even if we get 15 million for Cole, how many central defenders of Gallas’ quality are out there and available for that kind of price?

Anyway, regardless of that it looks highly unlikely that Cole will feature between now and the end of the transfer window. Once that date has past if no transfer has been concluded, then and only then will a possibility of Cole taking the pitch in a red and white shirt.