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Liverpool favorite ‘begged’ for Arsenal transfer after spending summer speaking to Cesc Fàbregas

Cesc Fàbregas previously revealed that a Liverpool favorite was keen to sign for Arsenal before the pair eventually went head-to-head with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas has disclosed that one ex-Liverpool star was “begging” to leave Anfield and join Arsenal. Fàbregas, who played alongside Xabi Alonso for the Spanish national team, revealed that his compatriot was eager to make the move to North London.

Despite his successful stint at Liverpool, Alonso had his sights set on joining Arsenal in the summer of 2009. However, the deal failed to materialize, and Alonso eventually joined Real Madrid.
Speaking about the potential transfer, Fàbregas expressed his disappointment with Arsenal’s failure to secure Alonso’s signature. He told Arseblog in 2020: “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 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.”
Fàbregas, who himself left Arsenal a couple of years later to join Barcelona, admitted that he did his best to facilitate the transfer. He believed that Alonso would have been a fantastic addition to the team at that time.
Fàbregas also criticized Arsenal’s lack of effort in finalizing the deal, describing it as “so easy” for them to complete. He expressed frustration with the club’s failure to push for the transfer despite Alonso’s desire to join. The Spanish midfielder went on to spend five successful years at Real Madrid, winning another Champions League title in 2014.
The revelation by Fàbregas raises the question of how successful Arsenal could have been with both him and Alonso controlling the midfield, but also why Alonso was keen on the move. Their partnership proved fruitful for the Spanish national team as they won the World Cup together in 2010.

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