Former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he did everything possible to convince the Gunners to secure the services of former Liverpool midfield star Xabi Alonso.
During a five-year stint with the Merseyside Reds, Alonso has found back of the net 18 times from 210 games in all competitions, as well as helping them to win the historic Champions League back in 2005.
However, before Alonso eventually made the switch to Real Madrid back in 2009, Fabregas has revealed that his compatriot wanted ot join him at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to the Arsecast podcast, Fabregas said: “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.
“And yeah, Xabi Alonso was one of them. I mean I was living it day-to-day because he was texting me all the time. 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.”
Fabregas spent two more years at the Gunners before signing for his former team Barcelona back in 2011 and has managed to win the treble with the Catalan club during his time at the club.