Reports in the press over the weekend have given mixed signals over David Villa's transfer availability.
That hasn't deterred Arsenal fans from the hope that their club will still land Spain's all time record goalscorer this month.
Perhaps lacking the confidence that their board lack the ability to get the deal done themselves, over the last week fans have been beginning an online campaign to 'Free David Villa' from Barcelona, where he has not been a regular starter this season.
Many of the Twitter comments have been tongue in cheek, others feel a real sense of entitlement that after years of raiding the Gunners resources, Barcelona really do 'owe Arsenal one'.
Here is a selection of the Tweets:
@samuel29060: We gave you Thierry, Gio, Cesc, Petit, Overmars, Hleb, Song....now
#freedavidvilla. barca you own us money and we are your feeder club. let him go. too good to be on bench.
@educatedgooner: David Villa on the bench for Barca again.
@orangeiceman10: Wouldn't it be nice to wake up in the morning to David Villa standing beside Arsene Wenger holding an Arsenal shirt
@thegooner8: The little kid inside David Villa wants Arsenal. Trust me
@marklovegrove: So nice of Barcelona to get David Villa match fit for us
@misterdupont: that moment when you see villa on the bench and feel sad for him
Can Arsenal tempt Villa to join them this January? Would he solve their problems?
image: © adifansnet