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Cesc Fabregas’s performance v Man United in 2004 convinced Arsenal not to sign Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick has opened up on his disappointment over a failed move to Arsenal in his new autobiography.

It was back in 2004 and Carrick was playing for West Ham, who were in need of money.

Arsenal had made contact with the Hammers and were due to complete the deal on the day after playing Manchester United in the Community Shield.

Arsene Wenger even met with Carrick in his house to discuss the deal.

“We talked for almost an hour about football,” Carrick writes.

“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?”

Carrick settled down to to watch the match but it soon became clear that Arsenal already possessed a fine playmaker in midfield.


Cesc Fabregas, then 17, starred for the Gunners as they recorded a 3-1 win.

And the Spaniard’s performance was enough to convince Arsenal that they no longer needed Carrick.

“Fabregas’s performance changed Wenger’s mind about needing me,” Carrick continued.

“I was totally devastated as I had my heart set on Arsenal and playing with all that talent.”

Arsenal's Francesc Fabregas (L) keeps th

So, just how good was Fabregas in the match?

He received praise from both Wenger Dennis Bergkamp after his performance, which was very assured.

Fabregas played the pass that led to Gilberto Silva opening the scoring at the Millennium Stadium. It’s easy to see why Wenger decided to put his trust in the teenager.

Click HERE to watch Fabregas’s highlights on YouTube if the video below doesn’t work.</


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