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Cole doesn't blame Arsenal fans for abusing him

Chelsea's 4-1 drubbing of Arsenal proved once again the Blues have the character to bounce back from footballing adversity, claims Ashley Cole. The Blues inflicted Arsenal's heaviest home defeat for 32 years just days after crashing out of the Champions League in the most unsavoury of circumstances.

"As players we know there are a lot of strong emotions in football and sometimes when you haven't kicked a ball you can't talk about those emotions and you don't understand," declared Cole.

"Against Arsenal we showed how good we are. We didn't get in too many battles or too many fights this time. The lads have done well.

"A lot of people would have thought we'd all be down and out, but we showed a lot of character. At times we defended really well and now we've clinched third spot.

"Everyone's disappointed when you lose in the semi-final of the Champions League. It's life and there is nothing we can do about it. The players here have got great character.

"I have played with a lot of big players, but at Chelsea they seem to be able to motivate themselves very quickly. It showed against Arsenal and it had to show."

The former Gunner is still hated by the fans and the fury vented on the England left-back shows no sign of easing.

"It was easy for me but I have different reasons for that," said Cole. "Coming back to my old club, I hate losing against Arsenal so it means I'm more motivated.

"It is always there (the abuse), I don't blame them. I expect it now and I am used to it. I just want to play my game and win for Chelsea.

"A lot of people would have thought we would have been down and out but we defended really well and I'm happy that we've clinched third sport at least."

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