Let's start with Ashley Cole and work downwards from there, shall we?
The former Arsenal left-back (1998-2006) leapt to the fore of the transfer feeding frenzy thanks to his highly-charged (and widely reported) bust-up with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas last month.
But before Arsenal fans rush to the nearest fountain to plunge their head in, it's worth noting the dates of the Soccernet piece in relation to its Goal.com counterpart.
Just two days after Cole and Villas-Boas made headlines for having an untenable relationship, which came to a boil during the Champions League match at Napoli, where Cole came on as a substitute (much to his chagrin), the former Gunner was being linked with a return to the club at which he is now reviled, termed "Cashley Cole" for his controversial exit.
Who writes an autobiography before their 30th birthday, anyway? Honestly (Austin Powers voice). Will he come out with a sequel and "threequel" later down the line?
Arsenal's board obviously operate as a separate entity, but the pulse of the fans is often taken to gauge general sentiment and satisfaction.
Why else would a price freeze have been announced concerning season ticket-renewals in the midst of the team's most trying spell this season? They don't have their heads in the sand, after all.
Trying spells also fuel transfer speculation, as Mr. Cole discovered only all too well.
His return to London Colney might be met with...let's say...tepid enthusiasm. And that's about as magnanimous as one can get on that subject.
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