Bono granted audience with Wenger

U2 star Bono is set to be at the Celtic-Arsenal game if the Champions League play-off gets switched to August 19, the day after the band play at Hampden Park, Glasgow. But I doubt if he’ll be in the away section given his Hoops allegiance and megastar status. 
That said I once had the bizarre pleasure of having a half-time pint with Cheryl Cole and Micky Rourke in the visitors enclosure at Stamford Bridge. It was surreal. Cole was about 3ft tall and had a pint of coke and was obviously there to watch Cashley in the days before he moved to the dark side. Rourke was a blinding bloke and he was there after bumping into Freddie Ljungberg at a club on the Thursday before the game.
But to matters of print. Since the papers have real news to concentrate on this morning after a weekend of real football (as opposed to friendlies), there is little room for mere transfer speculation. But just as a sense of calm emanated from the tabloids, a dreary, unsourced and unqualified tale lingers miserably in The Times, of all papers.
The headlined is the first part of the sorry story to attract derision. ‘Barca turn attention to Fabregas’, it reads and says this is because they have missed out on capturing Javier Mascherano from Liverpool. I can only imagine their staff have been on the moon for the summer because Barca ‘turned their attention’ to Fab at least three months ago.
None the less they drone on: ‘Barcelona are preparing a variety of tactics in an attempt to capture Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with a fund of at least £25m and a number of fringe players set to be offered.’
There is space devoted to our 2-0 defeat at Valencia and a number of post-match interviews reach the back pages. One of which is the Sun’s chat with Johan Djourou where he talks about this season being his big (fat) chance to stake a claim in the back four. He said: “I hope this will be my breakthrough. This is what I am here for. I am trying to show everyone I am ready to play at this level.
I want to step up now and feel this is my time. I have been here a long time and have learned from people like Kolo, William Gallas and Sol Campbell.
“I feel I have the experience I need to play in those big games and to play every week. I signed for the club when I was just 16 and it has been a good learning process. Now it is up to me to show what I have taken from these players and step up.”
I ain’t so sure about him…

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