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Few things shock us in football these days. From the wages being paid to top players through to the misbehaviour of some, we thought there was little that could surprise us.
However, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail did precisely that on Wednesday morning.
According to the scribe, we should not rule out the possibility of Ashley Cole returning to Arsenal from Chelsea.
Deep breath, Gunners fans.
Undoubtedly, Cole, 33, is approaching the end of his time at Stamford Bridge with Jose Mourinho again omitting him from the Premier League win at Manchester City on Monday.
The Chelsea boss selected the right-sided Cesar Azpilicueta once more to fill the left-back role at the Etihad Stadium.
The England international will see his contract with the Blues come to an end at the close of the current season.
From there, who knows which club will be seeking his services. One thing we can rule out, though; it won't be Arsenal.
Cole can rightly claim to have his place in Chelsea folklore after helping the club to several pieces of silverware, including the 2012 Champions League trophy, since his move across London in 2006.
But it is the manner of that move which will ensure Cole does not return to the Gunners.
In the first instance, he was caught talking with Mourinho while still contracted to Arsenal, and Chelsea, Cole and the Stamford Bridge boss were fined for breaching Premier League rules over "tapping-up", via BBC Sport.
Not content with that unsavoury incident, Cole placed his thoughts about Arsenal's salary offer into his autobiography, as Jason Cowley of the London Evening Standard noted in a 2010 feature on the player.
Arsenal fans have never forgotten the nature of Cole's departure from the club. It is arguable that only the exit of Robin van Persie for Manchester United has caused more distaste to them.
But Gunners supporters breathing into a paper bag to quell their anger at the prospect of a Cole return can breathe easily when they consider the fact that Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are already ensconced in Arsene Wenger's squad.
Even if either has a poor run of form, they will not be Ashley Cole.
Believability meter: Very low
Ashton has made great capital out of Wenger's simple retort to a question about whether he would consider re-signing Cole in December 2013.
After the 0-0 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea, the Gunners boss said in response: "If I needed a left-back, yes."
We would bet a week's worth of Ashley Cole's wages that he wouldn't.