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What happened to ex-Arsenal star Ashley Cole on his first Emirates Stadium return in nine years

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It was a case of former Arsenal teammates reunited during the post-match activities from the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season win over Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard gave the Gunners an emphatic 5-1 victory and despite Norwich City losing 5-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur – thus ending any hope of a top-four finish – there was still a positive atmosphere inside the Emirates Stadium at full-time.

And with Sunday’s game being Arsenal’s final home game of the season, the first-team players, as well as academy stars such as Zak Swanson, Charlie Patino and Salah-Eddine all, took part in a lap of appreciation around the stadium to thank those in attendance for their support over the past nine months.

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As expected, the Arsenal cameras captured everything and an ‘Access all Areas’ video that takes fans behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season against the Toffees was been uploaded to the club’s official website on Tuesday afternoon.

Just before the players are about to remerge from the tunnel for the lap of appreciation, there was a nice moment between two former Gunners stars in Ashley Cole and Tony Adams – arguably the greatest captain in the club’s history – as the pair were laughing and joking around perhaps reflecting on the glory years.

Cole has been part of the Everton backroom staff since Frank Lampard was appointed head coach in January so naturally, he was in the opposition dugout on Sunday but still had time for a quick catch-up with his former teammate before heading down the tunnel just as the Arsenal post-match activities were getting underway.

Considering Cole left Chelsea for AS Roma in the summer of 2014 and then enjoyed spells with Los Angeles and Derby County before retiring in 2019, that would most likely have been his first return to the Emirates in just under nine years having be…

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