Xabi Alonso was ‘dying’ to join Arsenal before he signed for Liverpool, claims Gunners hero Cesc Fabregas.
The two Spanish greats lit up the Premier League with their midfield prowess back in the day, both becoming heroes at their respective clubs.
But things could have been different, according to Fabregas, who claims Alonso was actually keen to join Arsenal before he left Real Sociedad in 2004.
“I was with Xabi on the phone the whole summer,” the World Cup winner told the Arsecast podcast.
“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.
“He was made for Arsenal, I think.”
Fabregas remains an Arsenal hero to this day, despite going on to play for rivals Chelsea later in his career.
The Monaco midfielder even got into a spat with an Arsenal ‘fan’ on Twitter over the weekend, with the social media user accusing Fabregas of ruining his Gunners legacy.
The online spat came after an incident where Fabregas tapped the Chelsea badge when playing for the Blues at the Emirates as he walked off the pitch.
Fabregas rebutted that he would never do such a thing and had the utmost respect for Arsenal.
“If you think I’m capable of doing what you are suggesting I did, you don’t know me at all and my feelings towards all of you whatsoever,” he posted.