Manchester United legend Michael Carrick has revealed how Cesc Fabregas made his impending dream move to Arsenal collapse seasons back.
Carrick was a key figure for the academy of West Ham United, leading the side to FA Youth Cup title in the 1998–99 season. Several clubs including Arsenal noticed his prospect and signaled their interest in him.
Arsene Wenger turned the fortunes of Arsenal around to make them one of the most attractive clubs in the World and so Carrick fantasied about lacing his boots for the Gunners.
He went on to meet with the legendary Wenger in his North London home over talks to complete the deal.
Reports have indicated that Arsenal and Manchester United had played against each other in the community Shield. While Arsenal keenly wanted Carrick, Fabregas’s performance in the aforementioned match meant any other midfielder would have been surplus to the requirement of the Gunners.
Carrick hung his boots at the end of last season and he is currently assisting Jose Mourinho at United.“On the way home, we got another call. Arsenal again, asking us to meet Arsene. As it happened we were driving past his home in north London, so we arranged to call in on the way. He reveals in his Autobiography.
“Within an hour I was sitting in the front room of Arsene Wenger’s house, pinching myself. Could this really be happening? Arsenal! Could I really be on the verge of signing for the Invincibles who’d just gone through the season unbeaten?
“We talked for almost an hour about football. Wenger had the Community Shield at the weekend but was spending an hour with me, so surely he had to be interested in signing me? “Let’s get Cardiff out the way, and we’ll see you Monday,” Wenger said as we left.
“On the Sunday, I settled down at home in Theydon Bois, Epping, to watch Arsenal, my team to be, in the Community Shield against Manchester United. I saw that a kid, Cesc Fabregas, only 17, started in Vieira’s place.
“Fabregas played a blinder but I didn’t think too much about the significance. I sat at home on Sunday night waiting for the call to arrange details of the next day. Arsenal! I couldn’t wait.
“But I waited, and waited, and that call never came. The next day, I had to go into training at West Ham instead and, on the way, David [Geiss, Carrick’s agent] phoned to say he’d had a call from Dein. David relayed the gist of his message, like, “I’m sorry, the manager says we don’t need Michael. Fabregas is coming through like he is. Sorry, the deal’s off.” Fabregas’s performance changed Wenger’s mind about needing me.
“I was totally devastated as I had my heart set on Arsenal and playing with all that talent. My head was gone. Arsenal had swayed me and I didn’t have a clue what I’d do now.”