So Ashley Cole finally got shafted from the Arsenal team sheet, and in return they get William Gallas and five million smackers. This has been an on running saga since the beginning of the Summer, in which Arsenal were desperate for a new central defender, and Chelsea were desperate for a left sided full back.
Even though Arsenal were holding out for a rumoured twenty million plus Gallas deal, a swap of Ashley Cole and any money would’ve been a welcome move, as they are really desperate for a new experienced centre back to plug the hold that Sol Campbell left, and also someone that can cover the full back positions too.
Even though everyone at Chelsea will welcome the move (except perhaps Wayne Bridge), they’ve still lost their most experienced and arguably best centre back, and in the mean time gained someone who is only reasonably better than Wayne Bridge.
Of course, only time will tell whether Cole will play well for Chelsea, whether Gallas manages to maintain his solid form for Arsenal, and in the end, who got the best out of this deal.