Arsene Wenger has said he regrets never signing Michael Carrick after the player celebrated ten years at Old Trafford with a testimonial match (via Arsenal.com).
Few managers have as long a list of ‘players I almost signed’ as Arsene Wenger. From Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wenger has let some legends slip through his fingers.
Another player who can be added to that list is Michael Carrick. The 35-year-old celebrated 10 years at Old Trafford with a testimonial match on the weekend and Arsene Wenger has spoken about the former-Spurs man.
“I give Michael my deepest congratulations for his testimonial,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “I think he deserves it hugely.
“I would say personally I’m an admirer of his career, of his quality. One of my regrets is never having had him as a player because I think he was one of the greatest players in English football.
“I believe as well that he did not always get the reward and the tribute, the recognition he deserved.
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“But I’m an admirer of Michael and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Wenger has reportedly come close to signing Carrick on a number of occasions down the years. There was once while he was at West Ham, another occasion when he was leaving Tottenham and even as recently as this season. He has been an excellent player for Manchester United and it was a shame we didn’t get to see him in an Arsenal shirt.