Wenger revealed his regret at having never managed to bring in Manchester United star Michael Carrick to the Emirates stadium.
The 35-year-old midfielder celebrated 11 years at Old Trafford with a testimonial match-up against an assembled all-star side. Players from United’s 2008 Champions League winning squad, including the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra lined-up against some of the top players the game has seen, including John Terry, Jamie Carragher, Eric Abidal and Clarence Seedorf for a Michael Carrick All-Star side.
Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson once again returned to the dugout, and while an incredible 69,000 watched the great players play, Arsenal gaffer too, paid his own tribute to Carrick.
Wenger admitted he wished he had had the opportunity to coach the England midfielder during his career.
“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. But I’m an admirer of Michael and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Carrick had been linked with a move to the Emirates initially in 2004 while still a West Ham player, and a number of times later as well, with most recent one being in February 2017 to strengthen the Gunners’ midfield.
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