Former Manchester United legend Michael Carrick, revealed the day when a young Cesc Fabregas took his place at Arsenal FC.
Back when Michael Carrick still was a West Ham United player, 2004 was the era in which Arsenal was at the very top of the Premier League and the club was famous for that unbeaten title between 2003 and 2004.
During that summer there was a clear interest from Arsene Wenger to sign the English midfielder from the Hammers, his intention was to get a suitable replacement for Patrick Vieira in the near future.
Carrick dreamed of playing for that Arsenal side, they were the elite in English football and this would mean a giant step in his career.
The Englishman even visited Arsene Wenger at his home and they pretty much hit it off, they spoke for quite a while right before Arsenal had to play Manchester United in the Community shield on that same weekend.
Carrick didn’t know that the Gunners had brought a skinny kid from Barcelona, who would change his possible future for good.
That youngster was Cesc Fabregas and he made his debut against the Red Devils on that weekend, he impressed Arsene Wenger so much that the deal between the Gunners and Carrick has instantly torn apart and this broke the English midfielder’s heart.
Michael Carrick: "It seemed nailed on that I’d be an Arsenal player until Cesc Fàbregas had a blinder" pic.twitter.com/ftBg0FBz00
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Michael recently revealed the details of this deal he made with Arsenal, and how Cesc took it from him with one great performance against Manchester United.
The player spoke about this in his autobiography Michael Carrick: Between The Lines, which is serialized by The Times. This proves that Cesc Fabregas was a very special talent from a very early age, the Catalan midfielder went on to take the position of an injured Patrick Vieira during the first four Premier League matches of the season.
These performances were more than enough for him to earn a permanent spot in the Gunners, leaving Carrick without the possibility to fulfill his dream.
“Arsene Wenger was at the peak of his powers at the time, a giant of management, and it felt surreal to be there talking to him in his front room. ‘Tell me about yourself, Michael,’ Wenger said. ‘What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?'”
“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,” he wrote.
“My agent called on the wait to training and relayed a message from David Dein: "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."
– Michael Carrick pic.twitter.com/cy4KphTJe7
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“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,” revealed Carrick.
“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 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’ 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,” Carrick concluded.
Carrick went on to sign for Tottenham Hotspur during that same summer, which are Arsenal’s most hated rivals from North London.
The midfielder played for the Spurs a total of 64 times before he joined Manchester United and became one of the club’s most successful players in the club’s history, Carrick has lived with this frustration for a long time and now he shared it with the world.
This is not the first time that Cesc Fabregas does something unfortunate in the Premier League, there are many stories to be told about his time at Arsenal when he was young. But that’s a tale for another time.
In the summer of 2004, Michael Carrick went to Arsène Wenger's house and believed he was going to sign for Arsenal – here's what happened nexthttps://t.co/Iww5pC7Zd1
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