Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is huge admirer of England star Joe Cole.
Cole has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners after Chelsea confirmed earlier this week the midfielder would be leaving Stamford Bridge next month following the expiration of his contract.
A host of sides, including Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have been credited with an interest in Cole, but reports suggest Arsenal are leading the hunt for the former West Ham man.
Wenger refused to confirm his side would be making a summer swoop for Cole, but admitted he was a fan of the talented 28-year-old.
"I like him as a player because when he played against us he always did a lot of damage against Arsenal," Wenger told Sky Sports News.
"He can create impact through his creative play. He can dribble, he can pass, he can score goals."