His Premier League debut came on against Newcastle United.
Before he fully broke into the Arsenal side, he spent part of the 1999–2000 season on loan at Crystal Palace, where he played 14 league matches and scored one goal, a long-range half-volley against Blackburn Rovers.
Cheryl is also thought to have moved on from Ashley since being linked with dancer Derek Hough and Black Eyed Peas front man Will. Purnell apparently is trying to make it as singer and has previously applied for X Factor of which Cheryl is a judge for.
According to the newspaper Ashley is planning to whisk Sarah away on a romantic holiday when he retunes to England after the World Cup.
Cole accepted he needed to take a cut-price offer for his old home as there were no buyers willing to meet the asking price despite the array of features on the property.
The house is kitted out with a quad track, state of the art security system, sauna, jacuzzi, snooker room and eight bedrooms.
The 34-year-old sports star - who was famously married to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - is said to be 'over the moon' about the impending new arrival and is especially delighted his first child will be a boy.'A friend of mine told me her husband was having an affair and she said, “I understand everything that must have been going through your head.
But what I will never understand is how you had to face the world', she admitted.
On 25 February 2000, he signed his first professional contract.
He has won over Galaxy fans originally offended when he shunned LA for Roma, claiming he was not ready to 'relax on a beach'.
And the London-born defender enjoys his anonymity in the US and in June told Sports Illustrated: 'No-one knows who I am here, I can walk down the street with my son.
The love rat met Sarah Purnell, 23, in a club in Londonâs Notting Hill five weeks ago and has since been in âdailyâ contact with her making frequent visits to his flat in Esher, Surrey.
Sarah is thought to be so smitten with the England footballer that she even gave him a special send off on Tuesday before he flew out to South Africa ahead of the World Cup.