Wenger: I wish I had worked with this Man United player
By Danny Wright
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he regrets not signing Michael Carrick.
The 35-year-old Premier League star took part in his testimonial match on Sunday as he enters the final year of his contract at Manchester United, where he’s won a plethora of major honours.
Carrick has five league titles under his belt to go with a 2008 Champions League winners medal and Wenger had suggested that he is baffled as to how underrated the midfielder is.
“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,” said Wenger to Arsenal’s official website.
“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.”
Carrick has spent 11 years at Old Trafford and has still been an important player in Jose Mourinho’s side this season, making 38 appearances across all competitions and scoring one goal which came in an EFL Cup win against Reading.
He moved to United from Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham in 2006 and began his career at West Ham.
There was a host of high-profile names at Carrick’s testimonial on Sunday which saw a Man United XI draw with Carrick All Stars 2-2.
Rather fittingly, the midfielder scored the equalising goal in the final few minutes with a low-struck thunderbolt from the edge of the area.
Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov were among the other players that turned out for the fixture at Old Trafford.
In other Arsenal news, this 24-goal attacker has confirmed that the Gunners have made an offer for him.