Cashley: I hope City pip Arsenal to top four spot

What a thoroughly endearing little chap that scamp Ashley Cole is, eh? Er, no. And you just have to scan this morning’s papers to realise why Cole still has a couple of millennia before he can attempt to reconcile his differences with those of the AW faith. For the Chelsea kiss-the-badge merchant tells the world today that he reckons Manchester City will finish above the Gunners and, more to the point, he hopes that they do. Hopes!
He told the Sun: “This year might be tough to break in but next year, you never know with the guys they are buying. I think it’s going to be hard for them but they could do. You never know, they may gel, click, straight away and it’s magic.
“I hope they do. I have friends there and I hope they do really well – and that they finish above Arsenal.” And get this, the paper adds: Cole laughed as he said the name of his old club, where he gets bucket loads of abuse for moving to west London. Yes, and ensures he gets double bucket loads the next time he has the temerity to turn up in N5.
To matters more digestible at such an early hour, and the Mirror brings us some better news about poor old Samir Nasri. AW says the French dynamo will only be sidelined for six weeks with his broken fibula and not the three months it was first thought he would be out. Indeed, he is quoted in the Telegraph as saying the break is a “simple one”. Back to the Star, and AW goes on to tell the redtop that Eduardo is two months away from fitness. So, boy, will we be strong come October…August and September could be tricky though.
The Daily Star’s page three girl is sexy Emma but back to the sports pages and we find Marouane Chamakh on the verge of signing for Sunderland. The Bordeaux striker tells the paper: “There is nothing definitely on at present with Arsenal — in contrast to Sunderland.”
Altogether now: Oh Ashley Cole…

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