Posted on: Thu 05 Oct 2006

The following is a joint statement by Chelsea Football Club and Arsenal Football Club on Ashley Cole/William Gallas:


Chelsea FC and Arsenal have agreed terms for the transfers of Ashley Cole and William Gallas.


Chelsea will also pay Arsenal 5m pounds.


Both players have agreed personal terms and passed their respective medicals.


He played 156 games for Arsenal, scoring eight goals but has not played so far this season so will be eligible for Chelsea's Champions League campaign.


He is now with John Terry, Frank Lampard, Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips, preparing for England's game with Andorra on Saturday. Joe Cole is recovering from a knee injury suffered in the States.


by Paul Mason