Date: 31st January 2007 at 3:39pm
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Ashley Cole is not the kind of cold money-hunter mercenary that Arsenal fans claim him to be. He has a romantic personality: he’s excited by the fact that Chelsea is made to work hard for their money this season.

‘It’s better for the league that it’s more open this year, even if I would prefer it if we were cruising it,’ said the man who is known as Cashley in North London (and in all England, except Stamford Bridge)

‘It hasn’t worked out like that because Manchester United bought some players and are in great form, while Liverpool and Arsenal have come right back into it just recently.

Just for the record: we bought two players and one of them is our second choice goalkeeper.

‘I think it’s a genuine four-horse race this season which makes it quite exciting for the league as a whole.’

Regarding the excitement, he’s right. As for a four-horse race, I believe that’s an exaggeration. The question is: can Chelsea pick themselves up to mount a genuine title challenge (I think they can) or will they collapse and lose even the place? If the latter will happen (I don’t think it would) we would be champions.