Partying with the enemy!

After Jose cancels Christmas, Cole attends Arsenal’s bash five days before Chelsea visit Gunners

Chelsea star Ashley Cole joined rival team-mates from Arsenal as the Gunners celebrated their Christmas party on Wednesday night – despite Jose Mourinho cancelling his players’ own festive bash.

Sportsmail understands that Cole, who is believed to have been joined by team-mates Ryan Bertrand and Andre Schurrle, joined the Gunners squad at trendy London nightspot Libertine just 24 hours after crashing out of the Capital One Cup to Sunderland Рwho are rock-bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Mourinho took the decision to cancel the players’ annual Christmas party, which was due to take place at the same venue on Wednesday night.

Postponed: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cancelled the club's Christmas party
Gatecrashing: Ashley Cole joined Arsenal on their Christmas night out after Chelsea's was cancelled

Rivals: Cole’s Chelsea travel to Arsenal on Monday in a crunch top-of-the-table Premier League clash

 

Nevertheless, the trio decided to hit the town along with their London rivals – who were in fancy dress.

Coincidentally, Chelsea face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, in a clash that could see Mourinho’s side move top of the league.

It remains to be seen how Mourinho will react to members of his squad heading out despite the fact he cancelled the players’ official party.

The players were not forbidden from going out, but the fact Mourinho vetoed the planned bash indicates he will not be hugely happy with the trio.

All together now! Arsenal's squad pose for a picture before heading out to the Christmas bash
All together now! Arsenal’s squad pose for a picture before heading out to the Christmas bash

 

Superman: Mesut Ozil (Superman) poses with Lukas Podolski (The Hulk, left) and Bacary Sagna
Superman: Mesut Ozil (Superman) poses with Lukas Podolski (The Hulk, left) and Bacary Sagna

 

Party: Super Mario (Cazorla, left), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Monreal, centre), Hulk (Podolski, right)
Party: Super Mario (Cazorla, left), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Monreal, centre), Hulk (Podolski, right)
Postponed: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cancelled the club's Christmas party
Postponed: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cancelled the club’s Christmas party

 

Andre Schurrle is believed to have joined Ashley Cole at the Arsenal Christmas party
Ryan Bertrand is believed to have joined Ashley Cole at Arsenal's Christmas party

Getting in the party mood: Andre Schurrle (left) and Ryan Bertrand (right) are believed to have joined Cole

Sidelined: Cole has fallen out of favour at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho's second spell at the club
Sidelined: Cole has fallen out of favour at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club
Knocked out: Chelsea were beaten by Sunderland in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday
Knocked out: Chelsea were beaten by Sunderland in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday 

 

 

Source : Daily mail

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