Robin van Persie last week released a statement on his official website. The statement said he would not sign a new contract with Arsenal.
Rather quickly, all hell broke loose online.
Depending on which club you support, the RvP saga might have stirred a number of different emotions.
For neutral fans far removed from RvP, his current club and his growing queue of potential suitors, the situation might arouse only curiosity.
Contract sagas, rising salaries and player movement are nothing new in football. But considering Arsenal's financial prudence and the less-than-strict financial prudence so often flaunted by one of Van Persie's potential suitors, the situation is starting to feel like a referendum on the current state of football finance.
For Manchester City, then, this must feel like little more than another exciting transfer chase. Arsenal and their fans are only collateral damage in a sky-blue revolution.
For Gooners, though, it's yet more confirmation of an ever-more-depressing reality. Seemingly half of Arsenal's 2006 roster already plays for Manchester City, and now another star and captain is on the verge of a bitter departure.
What's worse, it's hard to know who to blame.
Losing Cesc Fabregas hurt. Seeing Sami Nasri leave enraged.
Watching RvP take step after step toward the door doesn't really do either. It gnaws.