What the papers say: Barca give up on Fabregas as Arsenal captain prepares for Celtic battle

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The Sun - Barca give up on Cesc
BARCELONA last night called off their chase for Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas.

The Daily Mirror - Why Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas won't go to Barcelona... until next year
Cesc Fabregas took me to see his old home in North London: a fairly non-descript, net-curtained, suburban terraced house where he lived his first years at Arsenal. Inside, we were greeted by the sight of an unkempt teenager, stumbling down the stairs, who looked like he had just fallen out of bed. It was Fran Merida. Cesc laughed at the kid who inherited the box room he used to call home and said: “That was me a few years ago.”

The Daily Mail - Rampant Arsenal eye £6m Rafael van der Vaart as Real Madrid midfielder reveals Premier League dream
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side produce a stunning riposte to doubters with a 6-1 win at Everton and then prepared to spend a portion of the £38million raised in the transfer market after Real Madrid's Rafael van der Vaart revealed he hopes to move to the Premier League.

Everton 1 Arsenal 6 SO this is why Arsene Wenger turned down Real Madrid. Why he permitted the sale of two of his proven performers, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor, to potential rivals in Manchester City.

The Daily Star - FAB ON BRINK
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has warned old boss Arsene Wenger that he’ll lose Cesc Fabregas if he fails to get the Gunners into the Champions League.

The Times - Arsenal well equipped to tough it out in Glasgow
Arsène Wenger has warned his players that the atmosphere in Glasgow will be intense when his Arsenal players face Celtic in the first leg of the Champions League play-off tomorrow. The sides meet with the prize of a place in the competition’s group stage at stake.

The Independent - Fabregas leads a masterclass in art of football
This was an aberration partly created by the fact that money, the prospect of oodles of it at Mammon City, sorry, Man City, had "twisted" the mind of Everton's Joleon Lescott so comprehensively Arsenal had merely to pick their way through the rubble of a team that finished fifth last season.

The Daily Telegraph - Celtic v Arsenal preview
The former Celtic winger, Alan Thompson, is convinced that Arsenal players will suffer a "culture shock" when their Champions League showdown gets under way in Glasgow on Tuesday. 

The Guardian - Unsettled Joleon Lescott strikes at the heart of Everton's unity
David Moyes' stance on Joleon Lescott embodies the best of his Everton team: stubborn, strong and refusing to yield to the harsh financial rulings of the Premier League. One brutal annihilation, however, has exposed to doubt the principles that have served Moyes and his club so well. As they state with faith at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger knows and on the evidence at Goodison Park, there are merits in selling the uncommitted to Manchester City.

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