Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he regrets not having Michael Carrick in his squad ever, and has further hailed the 35-year-old former Three Lion as one of the greatest players in English football.
Considered as one of the most underrated English players, Michael Carrick cleared off the air regarding his speculated exit by signing a new deal with the club which will keep him at the Theatre of Dreams until June 2018. Marking his 11 years at the club, a star studded testimonial game was played yesterday at the Old Trafford, where the likes of Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar, Clarence Seedorf and co. graced the field.
Carrick, who started off his career with the fellow Premier League side West Ham United, signed for the Devils back in 2006 under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson for a reported fee of £18 million. And since the, he has made more than 450 appearances, scoring 25 goals and in the process, has managed to grab five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, three League Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup, a UEFA Champions League, six FA Community Shields and one Europa League crown.
Speaking of Michael Carrick, Arsenal boss firstly congratulated the English man for his testimonial game and further revealed his admiration for the 35-year-old.
“I give Michael my deepest congratulations for his testimonial,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “I think he deserves it hugely.
“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.”