Don't you go getting our hopes up, Arsene Wenger. Don't you start throwing out coy little predictions like your belief that Cesc Fabregas will one day return to the Emirates and play once more for Arsenal.
And for heaven's sake, don't you go gazing into the future when Arsenal has important needs in the present, like more help at forward, a true holding midfielder and possibly a right back to eventually replace Bacary Sagna.
Yet, there was Wenger, commenting that he thought Fabregas might one day be a Gunner again (via Tom Hopkinson of the Mirror):
Cesc is a world-class player. I’m not convinced he won’t come back here one day. He’s an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal. He watches every Arsenal game.
Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept this, especially as Barcelona are the best team in the world.
And I don’t think it will be in the next two or three years, certainly not, because he’s linked with Barcelona. But maybe later.
Oh, to dream
Fellow Gooners, we have to tune out this sort of talk. We can't get all whimsical thinking about Fabregas in red and white. For one thing—while there might be truth to what Wenger has said—it still seems unlikely that Fabregas will leave Barcelona.
For another, what good does wishing for a player to return in the future do for this team now? The Gunners are in serious peril of not qualifying for Champions League play this season.
There is no catching the Manchester teams. Chelsea looks like a pretty safe bet to finish third. And while I hate to say it, Tottenham looks really, really strong this season.
Will Fabregas ever be a Gunner again?
Blasphemy, I know, but it's true. Add in the fact that Everton traditionally plays better in the second half of the season but is already in fifth this year, and Arsenal has its work cut out to finish fourth.
So, I'm not going to think about Fabregas returning in a few years, or how much every Robin van Persie goal annoys me, or any other former player's, for that matter.
I'm not concerned about what may come in a few years, whether or not Fabregas wants to return or trying to figure out why in the hell Barcelona would ever let him leave in his prime with Xavi and Andres Iniesta getting older.
Seriously, that last part makes no sense to me. If you were Barcelona, would you let Fabregas go anytime in the next five years? Because I wouldn't.
Nope, I'm going to worry about Chelsea next weekend. I'm going to hope and pray this team can land another difference-maker in the January transfer window. And I'm going to try to enjoy the players currently on the roster.
I suggest you do the same.