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Cesc Fabregas details Arsene Wenger gesture which won Arsenal transfer over Man Utd

Cesc Fabregas has opened up on his move to Arsenal explaining the gesture from Arsene Wenger that persuaded him to join the Gunners over Manchester United.

Fabregas had shone with the Barcelona youth sides though opted for a move to London aged just 16 in 2003.

Though interest from the Gunners had been clear for a while with Fabregas eventually going on to spend eight years in north London.

He captained the club before returning to Barcelona in 2011 though has now spoken about how Wenger ending his holiday early made his decision to move to Arsenal with Manchester United having also been keen.

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On making the move to Arsenal, Fabregas told Rio Ferdinand on The Locker Room: “I was 15 and I was the captain of that team [Barcelona]. I was well valued. On top of me, there was Iniesta, there was other players who you could see had a lot of potential to make it.

“One day a scout from Arsenal came to talk to my parents, he wanted to discuss a few things with me.

“I always like to listen. I listen to what people see then make my own mind, out of respect.

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“We did that and the guy said he came to see me over 50 times. He said that I was made to play for Arsenal and the Premier League.

“He started showing me everything he studied from my game, he called Arsene Wenger to take me to London Colney and David Dein to talk to me, make me an offer.

“At that time I had Man United as well, I was supposed to make two trips, heading to Manchester a month later.

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“When I went to London Colney, it was the middle of June. Everyone was on holiday. Arsene Wenger was in Paris on holiday, he flew private jet to meet me….