Fab to Barca. Again. Yawn...

NEVER let the facts get in the way of a good story. First rule of football journalism. Make that tabloid journalism. And the edict has been adhered to with gusto in today’s Daily Star.
The paper claims that Barcelona will snatch Cesc Fabregas from the Gunners once they have sold Samuel Eto’o to Manchester City for £40m.
Oh, and if Arsenal don’t want just cash they might be interested in taking a certain Yaya Toure as part exchange.
Fair enough. Except hasn’t Fab issued an “I’m going nowhere, love the club etc etc” statement to settle the matter? I certainly got the impression that he is staying at the Emirates. For this season anyway.
And it’s very much another knocking story in the good old Sun today, too, after salad-dodging Russian Alisher Usmanov’s rights issue to generate funds was dismissed by the board.
The Sun run with: “Arsenal do not have enough cash to finance Arsene Wenger’s Premier League dream, claims their second-biggest shareholder.”
In a statement his holding company said:
<“The board are confident they have adequate resources to strengthen the squad. We do not share their view. Arsenal’s only signing this summer has been Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen for £10million,” it reminds us. Cheers! 
The Mirror claims Wenger has missed out on £60million transfer kitty because of the snub to Usmanov.
Meanwhile, the slight matter that Robin van Persie has vowed to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his career after signing a new long-term deal also gets some coverage in the Sun.
The Dutchman, 25, was the Gunners’ top scorer last season with 20 goals from 44 appearances and the Sun reminds us that he was linked with a move to Manchester United this summer. By the tabloids. Then didn’t go. Hmm.
RVP said:  “My heart is with Arsenal and I just can’t picture myself in a different shirt. I just can’t see it now because I love this club so much.  
>“If you look at the last five years, look at the steps I have made every season, if you look at the support the boss and the whole club gave me, the fans gave me, my team-mates gave me – this is the right decision.”
The new contract is reported to be worth around £80,000-a-week, which would make him one of the highest paid players at the club. the redtop claims.
Wenger chipped in with: “It is fantastic news that Robin has committed his long term future to Arsenal. We are all delighted.” Me to, Arsene, but I kind of think he owes us after one or two lengthy spells on the sidelines and the odd moan about not winning anything.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail tells us Sebastien Bassong says Arsenal have made an approach to sign him, but the French defender blames Newcastle’s uncertain future for blocking his exit from St James’ Park.
The 22-year-old made it clear he wanted to leave following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship and has revealed his frustration after reporting for pre-season training on Tyneside this week. 
The tabloid reports that he said: ‘I can confirm there was an approach, but for now  nothing is concrete.” Er, concrete is… my old Frenchie.

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