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Cesc Fabregas reveals Wenger's charm offensive to get him to sign for Arsenal as a 15-year-old

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Cesc Fabregas has revealed how Arsene Wenger cut short his holiday and took a private yet to convince him to sign for Arsenal at the age of just 15.Fabregas, who was then captain of his youth side at Barcelona's famous La Masia academy, was approached by a scout from Arsenal and it quickly became clear the north London club were set on bringing him to England.

There was an offer from Manchester United on the table and the plan was to make one visit to London and another north to Manchester the following month - but Arsenal did all in their power to charm him so he axed his second visit.

One day, a scout came from Arsenal to talk to my parents.

We did that and the guy told me he had been to watch me 50 times and that I was made to play for Arsenal and the Premier League.

Fabregas went on to make 212 Premier League appearances for the club but went on to admit that he was motivated to leave and make a return to Barcelona when he could not bring the success he demanded of himself to north London.

I was young, passionate, and gave everything for Arsenal.

'I was hungry and wanted to win, I was a competitor and I would have done anything to win with Arsenal.

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