Cesc Fabregas has revealed how former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso “begged everyone” to push a move through to Arsenal in 2009.
Alonso had already been told by boss Rafa Benitez that he would be allowed leave Anfield, with Gareth Barry being lined up as his replacement.
Ex Gunner Fabregas was the maestro in Arsene Wenger’s side and was keen to unite with his countryman Alonso in north London.
However, despite his own best efforts, the Gunners’ hierarchy did not complete the deal.
Looking back at that summer, Fabregas told Arsecast: “He’s one. I was with Xabi on the phone the whole summer.
“He was dying to come. He was literally begging everyone to go to Arsenal, he really wanted to come.
“And to be honest, I did my best. I spoke to who I had to speak to. I gave my opinion, I thought that he was a fantastic addition for us at that time.
“And yeah I have to say that a couple of times like that I was frustrated by the lack of push, the final push – you know what I mean?
“That it’s so close, the player is dying to come, it’s so easy to make this deal.”
At the time Arsenal had a midfield of Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas.
Cesc added: ‘I remember the whole holiday I was talking to him, he was texting me: “What’s happening?” And it was a shame, because I think he would have been a great, great, great addition to that team.
He was made for Arsenal, I think.’
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