It was rather like election night: As the smoke cleared and the dust settled it was still unclear well into the night whether or not Ashley Cole had finally completed his move to Chelsea. But
apparently, a deal was finalized just before the deadline, as Chelsea sent over William Gallas and $9 million in exchange for Cole. That means the Gunners were forced to settle for far less than the
$48 million they originally sought for the England left back, but they also got a world-class defender in exchange. It had been established for sometime that Cole no longer wanted to play for Arsenal,
and Gallas no longer wanted to stay at Chelsea. The disagreement had always been the high price for Cole. However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is understood to be livid with club president Peter
Kenyon for selling Gallas and Robert Huth, his other back-up central defender, against his wishes. But Arsenal will be very happy to have captured the French international, as it gives the Gunners an
experienced, high-quality central defender to play alongside Kolo Toure.
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