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Ashley Cole enjoys dig at Tottenham fans online

Former Arsenal fullback Ashley Cole has enjoyed a dig at Tottenham fans online.

Chelsea great Cole says Arsenal "smashed Spurs every time" in his youth days.

The Englishman made 227 appearances for Arsenal before making a switch to London rivals Chelsea in 2006.

During a Twitter conversation with former Brighton striker Leon Knight, Cole remarked that he learned at the age of 19 that strikers would time their movements by looking for signals in a defender's eyes, a sentiment Knight agreed with.

It was this point that a Tottenham fan interjected, stating: "[That's] probably why you were so desperate to leave Arsenal. Their youth development must have been atrocious given that you only picked that up at 19."

The former England international - who won two league titles with Arsenal - didn't shy away from the encounter, however, stating: "We smacked you [Tottenham] every time in my youth days."

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