Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed that compatriot Xabi Alonso was desperate to join him in North London from Liverpool in 2008.
In an interview with the Arsecast, Fabregas claimed that the maestro spent the whole summer on the phone to his international teammate trying to entice him to the Gunners.
Alonso eventually signed for Real Madrid in 2009 after enjoying a successful spell at Anfield.
The ex-Gunners ace told Arsecast: “I was on the phone with Xabi the whole summer, he was dying to come, he was literally begging everyone to go to Arsenal.
“He really wanted to come, I did my best – I spoke to who I had to speak, I gave my opinion, I thought that he was a fantastic addition for us at that time.
“I remember I was talking to him the whole holiday, he was texting me saying ‘what’s happening?’, it was a shame because I think he would have been a great addition to that team, he was made for Arsenal.”
Fabregas is still playing these days with Monaco and left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011 – much to the dismay of the club’s supporters.
He made 306 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 59 goals and registering 92 assists under Arsene Wenger.
Fabregas lifted the World Cup alongside Alonso in 2010 and also won the European Championships twice in 2008 and 2012.
Alonso is something of a cult hero at Anfield having helped Liverpool to the Champions League title in 20o5.
He played 210 times for the Reds and developed a strong understanding with Steven Gerrard in midfield.
Had he headed to Arsenal it’d have been an interesting move at the time.
Alonso was worshipped by the Liverpool supporters and it’d have been curious to see how the Anfield faithful would have received such a move.