Fabregas stopped deal! Man United great Carrick announces ‘i almost joined’ Arsenal
Manchester United coach Michael Carrick has stunningly claimed he almost signed for Arsenal, but got stopped by a certain Cesc Fabregas.
After more than a decade as a United player and countless trophies, Carrick decided to hang up his playing boots at the end of last season after an injury plagued season, and he decided to join the coaching staff at Old Trafford, accepting the job offer from Jose Mourinho.
But back in 2004 he was hot property, with a number of clubs interested in trying to secure his services after a number of impressive performances for West Ham, but it seemed he was all set to sign for Arsenal after meeting with Gunners legend Arsene Wenger.
Reports claimed the deal was due to be completed on a Monday, but Fabregas was so impressive in the Community shield, it rendered Carrick surplus to requirements.
Carrick was quoted on the TalkSport website: “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.
“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.”