Arsene Wenger has revealed the moment Cesc Fabregas pledged his allegiance to Arsenal.
Fabregas joined the Gunners as a 16-year-old from Barcelona in 2003 after Wenger and chief scout Steve Rowley convinced him to come to England.
But after 303 appearances over eight season, which saw him score 57 goals, Fabregas returned to his boyhood club Barcelona.
For the first time Wenger told why Fabregas made the move to England.
In a column for Eurosport, Wenger wrote:
"He left Barcelona at 16 and came here with his mother. He said, 'Barcelona won’t trust me, and I’m coming here because I know that you will trust me.'
"The personality he showed back then, sometimes I wonder where he found it. This strength to leave such a club to come and play for us. I have a huge respect for that."