Chelsea and Arsenal hold Cole talks

Arsenal have admitted to holding talks with Chelsea about the sale of Gunners defender Ashley Cole.

Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein said: “As we speak now he is an Arsenal player and until you hear otherwise he is an Arsenal player.

“We have had a couple of very civil conversations with Chelsea and there is nothing else to say on that.

“If something happened and we decided to take an offer that’s another story but at the moment he is under contract to us.”