Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of resigning Thierry Henry, and the prospect has Gunners fans salivating and everyone else talking. Never has the old footballing maxim 'never go back' seemed less fashionable.
Arsene Wenger looks poised to sign up the 34-year-old Frenchman, who has been training with the Gunners to keep his fitness levels up, in part because he is set to lose Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to the African Cup of Nations in January and February; oh, and his forwards bar Robin van Persie are quite simply not very good.
If everything goes according to plan, Arsenal hope to have the deal ratified when the transfer window opens on Sunday, and Henry could make his hotly-anticipated second Arsenal 'debut' in the FA Cup third-round tie against Leeds United on January 9.
As if the script-writers were not licking their lips already, the final game of Henry's loan deal - if reports are proved to be accurate - would be a north London derby against rivals Tottenham.
Arguably English football's finest ever import, Henry was, in his pomp, superior to every other striker on the planet, devastating defences with a brutal combination of pace, power and often spectacular finishing.
His ability to turn a game with one flash of brilliance is something few have been able to replicate since he left for Barcelona, and the mood in London's N5 has barely lifted since.
Henry plundered an incredible 226 goals in eight years at Arsenal, who recently unveiled a statue of the former France international at the Emirates Stadium as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations and now a loan deal appears in the offing for the formerly fleet-footed forward.
There are very few footballers who have had their egos stroked to the extent of playing inside a stadium with a statue of themselves erected outside, but Henry would be afforded that luxury.
Between Andrey Arshavin, Ju Young Park and Chamakh, Arsenal barely possess any threat in front of goal, to the extent that even the on-loan Nicklas Bendtner has looked able in comparison. Well, perhaps that is not quite fair.
But in Henry, Arsenal would have a goalscorer proven in the form of bronze; the only thing statuesque about Chamakh is his movement.
There are some who believe that all Henry would do is tarnish his legendary status by gracing the Emirates, but such tripe is rendered entirely irrelevant given that Henry's legacy is already - literally - set in stone.
Even if Henry were to encounter a failure of epic proportions at the club - and, as previously mentioned, the current crop of forwards would make that pretty difficult in comparison - it is hardly going to erase the memory in Arsenal fans' minds of his previous exploits.
Better still, Henry would not even have to return to the US until March, in a similar deal to Everton's loan of Landon Donovan from LA Galaxy. The pros are obvious; the cons are more discreet.
Critics will suggest all that made Henry great has long been lost as he pursues a career as a celebrity over and above a football player, but it still appears a complete no-brainer for Wenger. Barring the Frenchman audaciously attempting to usurp the flourishing van Persie to the detriment of the team, Henry's return can only be positive.
Considering that besides the rampant Dutchman, Wenger's cupboard is as bare as baby Cassius Barton's bottom in terms of strikers, the return of the club's all-time record goalscorer could hardly be better timed.
Many have their doubts about whether the former Juventus and Monaco striker, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, can provide any real substance besides the hype and a sudden boost in post-Christmas shirt sales, but the great and good of the Emirates have been queuing up to sound their approval.
Former Arsenal stalwart Nigel Winterburn was among the former players to describe the unconfirmed reports as "terrific news", and he proceeded to explain exactly why.
"If it works out well it will be a terrific move by Arsene Wenger, but on the flipside if it doesn't work out well people will say 'why didn't he go out and get a world-class current striker?' Maybe Robin van Persie will move out to the left."
But this is where it all gets a big murky. Why would the prolific Dutchman and club captain seek to accommodate a former great by playing outwide? Surely Wenger would not entertain such a sycophantic and spineless tactical move?
Questions remain, but if sluggish-turning defender Per Mertesacker is convinced, then surely we should all be.
"In training, Henry shows his class and (it is good) to have him with us," the lumbering German, said. "Henry has a lot of experience and he is a great opportunity for us, but I am not the manager."
Officials at the Emirates are understood to be waiting for the all-clear from his parent club, New York Red Bulls, before completing the paperwork, but the Gunners are said to have agreed a suitable insurance package with the American outfit and will also cover all of Henry's £70,000-a-week wages.
The Frenchman embodied the Arsenal way; style, swagger and supreme confidence, the talisman who was responsible for everything. He was captain, dead-ball specialist, penalty taker and goal creator.
That may have been of a former vintage, but if there is a single man out there able to lift the spirits, it is Henry.
Oh yes, you didn't think he was going to be leaving his Blackburn post before splurging the Venky's coffers on soon-to-be-Championship players, did you?
Steve 'dead man walking' Kean is set to hold talks with the Rovers owners about — wait for it; not his apparently fragile managerial position — his transfer targets for the January transfer window.
Kean is unsurprisingly bullish about being handed a bulging war chest from the club's owners, but appears to have neglected two pretty crucial factors: the Venky's are not overly keen to throw money at a seemingly ill-fated project; not many top-class players will be actively coveting a move to Ewood Park right now.
As if seeing the beleaguered, yet astoundingly chirpy, Scot wink and smile his way through yet another barrage of unadulterated abuse off the back of a 'new improved deal' were not enough, he now looks set to be in charge of what could prove the club's last transfer window in the top flight for the time being.
Typically, the unquenchable optimism held by Kean — to the dismay and infuriation of the club's supporters — has seen the boss insist that he is sure money will be made available to him from the Venky's in a bid to stave off impending relegation.
It will the be true test of how much the Lancashire club's Indian owners truly care about its prospects, and how willing the company are to part with their hard-earned cash to prop up the inauspicious showings of Kean's merry men.
The club this week posted annual losses of £18.3m with 86.6 per cent of its income going straight out in wages.
So, who's for a move to Steve's Rovers?
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