Several reports this morning have suggested that Arsenal will look at the prospect of re-signing former defender Ashley Cole at the end of the season.
Cole infamously left Arsenal in 2006 in a £5 million deal, which saw him link up with the Roman Abramovich revolution at Stamford Bridge.
Needless to say the motive behind the decision to switch from North to West London seemed to be finance, with reports at the time suggesting the Blues were willing to pay £35,000 per week more than Arsenal presented in a new contract offer.
As things stand, his current deal with Chelsea expires at the end of the season and reports have suggested Arsene Wenger is looking to pounce.
He’s featured in just 13 Premier League games for the Blues this season with Jose Mourinho seemingly casting him aside following the news over Christmas that he turned up at the Arsenal Christmas party after the Chelsea one was cancelled.
However, the motives behind any Wenger interest are confusing and difficult to understand.
Arsenal are well stocked at left-back with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal both proving to be efficient and consistent players in that position for the club.
They are both happy and the manager has shown no sign that he’s looking to replace either, with Cole’s return to Arsenal pushing one further down the pecking order in the first team squad.
Gibbs in particular has come on dramatically this season, keeping Monreal out of the side over the early part of the season before picking up an injury which allowed the Spaniard to come back into the side.
Wenger has broken a previous habit of not signing former players before but this looks more than unlikely and something which certainly wouldn’t be popular with the fans.
Here’s what Arsenal fans have been making of the rumours on Twitter.
Daily Mail linking Ashley Cole with a return to Arsenal is an excellent example of stuff being made up to get hits. Nacho and Gibbs. Sorted.— DailyCannon (@DailyCannon) February 5, 2014
Joke of the Day: Ashley Cole could make a return to Arsenal in the summer. (Neil Ashton - Mail) #SayNoMore— Michael ⚽ Gooner (@MickTheGooner) February 5, 2014
First RVP and now Ashley Cole? Nice try Daily Fail— Fizza (@FizzGooner) February 5, 2014
@TheRealAC3 come home bro. Its been a nice 8 year holiday in the west. But come home.— Chill Winston. (@JordanP04) February 5, 2014
What is this load of bollocks I'm reading from the Daily Mail about Ashley Cole wanting to return to us— Anchit Bhagat (@GoonerGodfather) February 5, 2014
The Mail link Arsenal with a "sensational" move for Ashley Cole. Here is a message to that prick and to the Mail: pic.twitter.com/tadbjswJ8R— 1886 (@1886_blog) February 5, 2014
RvP now Ashley Cole being linked to moves back to Arsenal. The club is moving forward not back thanks. #AFC— GöönerGössip (@GoonerGossip) February 5, 2014
Ashley Cole could make a return to Arsenal? LOL. I'm waiting for Pat Rice to return as our player once more.— Amir Hamzah (@overlord_666) February 5, 2014
The Daily Mail story linking Ashley Cole, who Arsenal fans hate, with a return to Arsenal, who have two top left backs, is ridiculous.— James Goyder (@JamesGoyder) February 5, 2014