Cole said: "Arsenal are the team to beat in the Premier League at the moment and hopefully it could be us that ends it.
"I am really not bothered about the reception I get. The crowd will get on my back and I don't know how I will feel. It is going to be weird.
"Arsenal still means something to me. I don't hate the club or the players.
"I love the club but it has finished for me there now. I need to look at myself and do as well as I can and win as many things as I can here.
"We have to be closer to Arsenal before we play them.
"We need to win all our games before then. If we can do that and beat Arsenal as well, we are right back in the title race and anything can happen.
"This is a crucial period for us. We need to get closer, especially with Manchester United dropping points. It is still possible we can win the league."