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Ashley Cole stars in the Ex-Factor
November 29, 2009, 6:33 pm
Filed under: Mat Reville's Football Blog

Ashley doing his best Carlton Cole impression

His wife may be synonymous with the X-Factor but Ashley Cole showed he has got some Ex-Factor himself, after putting his former club Arsenal to the sword today.

The Chelsea full-back was instrumental in setting up the two first half goals that gave them his side a fully deserved 3-0 victory at The Emirates, making the usually unbreakable William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelan look like Jedward.

Cole put in a great all-round performance, forcing Arsene Wenger to reshuffle at half-time and throw on Walcott to try and test Cole. He didn’t and the England full-back put in an exemplary performance before hobbling off with a knee injury on 68 minutes.

However, in tomorrow’s newspapers you aren’t likely to read about his role in the win. If he is mentioned at all it will probably be in the gossip pages about some sort of a controversy that he chose to watch Strictly Come Dancing instead of X Factor this weekend.

"Haters gonna hate"

"Haters gonna hate"

Ashley, or Cashley as he is known to morons, is one of the least liked footballers in Britain, with more press coverage to his off-field antics rather than his consistently excellent on-field performances.

Exactly what makes Cole such a hate figure isn’t too obvious. There isn’t much to like about him, but there doesn’t seem to be much out of the ordinary to dislike about him either.

True, he has plenty of bad attributes, but they aren’t exclusive to him.

For example, he has a silly famous wife (like David Beckham), he has cheated on said silly famous wife (like Beckham) he has rubbish tattoos (like Beckham), he has fallen out with the manager who gave him his career (like Beckham) and he has engineered a move to another club (like Beckham).

Yet unlike Beckham, Cole suffers from tremendous hatred from football fans. It’s a strange state of affairs. Especially when you consider Ashley Cole is the one who doesn’t have stupid haircuts – maybe that is the variable that makes him so much worse than Lord David.

Alternatively, perhaps he just has an intangible X-Factor that just makes him really , really annoying.

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