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Cesc reveals how Wenger took private jet to convince him of Arsenal move

Cesc Fabregas has revealed how Arsene Wenger convinced him to sign with Arsenal.

The midfielder was one of Barcelona's prized youngsters when he left the club for Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003.

He would go on to spend eight years with the Gunners before returning to Barca in 2011.

"I was 15 and I was the captain of that team and I was well valued," Fabregas said.

"On top of me there was (Andres) Iniesta and other players who had potential to make it. One day, a scout came from Arsenal to talk to my parents. And I always like to listen.

"Even now, five years ago, I always listen to what people have to say. Out of respect, too. 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.

"When I went to London it was June and everyone was on holiday. Arsene Wenger was in Paris for holiday but he flew in a private jet to meet me. David Dean came to London Colney to meet me.

"This shocked me in a way, like "wow, Arsene Wenger", I am 15-years-old, I am nobody and this guy is breaking up his holiday to meet me. This for me was like "wow".

"And then we are talking, he spoke to my mother, asked what I was like when I was little. He showed me the training ground and I just fell in love, I fell in love with the whole project, the whole thing."

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