Fabregas needed to be that person last night but although he kept driving forward, for him, the game became a selffulfilling prophecy. Arsenal took a 3-1 lead five minutes before half time but yet again they did not have the maturity or the experience to hang on to it.
Reckless ConDem spending cuts risk turning lower growth forecasts into a selffulfilling prophecy, sucking money out of an economy struggling to recover from a cataclysmic financial meltdown If Britain slips into the horror of a second, double-dip recession, the country will know who to blame: Mr Cameron.
Yet if something keeps on happening, it can worm its way into the minds of players, making them fear a recurrence and so turning that prospect into selffulfilling prophecy. And as some home fans greeted the final whistle and the end of a 12-match winning home run with jeers, the need for Chelsea to get things back on track, and soon, was crystal clear.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels produced a racing surface that was near prefect and any bias over the straight mile was something of a selffulfilling prophecy, since whenever one fancied horse with early speed went towards the stands' side, other riders naturally followed.