Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at Arsenal

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Cesc Fabregas proved Thierry Henry wrong (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits he wrote off Cesc Fabregas during the Spaniard’s first training session at Arsenal.

The Monaco ace signed for Arsenal from Barcelona as a 16-year-old but he was thrown into first-team training by Arsene Wenger, despite his frame and stature.

Arsenal were at the height of their powers when Fabregas arrived, boasting the likes of Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva and Edu in midfield as the Gunners went unbeaten during the Spaniard’s first season at the club.

Henry, of course, was the Gunners’ talisman and the Frenchman held his team-mates to the highest standards at training.

Fabregas was invited to the join the main group when he was just 16 and Henry has revealed that he questioned Wenger’s decision to sign the Spaniard during his first training session, before quickly releasing how good he could become.

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Henry was sceptical about Fabregas’ chances (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to Fabregas on Puma Football’s Instagram, Henry said: ‘I remember the first time you trained with us and I looked at you…I’m sorry I had a bad haircut but that haircut you had was pretty bad.

‘I looked at you and in those days the shirts were too big for anyone but on you it was like you had a dress on it was so big.

‘I looked at the boss and said: ‘Who the hell is this?!’ and he said ‘Oh it’s the kid he won the World Cup with the U17s’ and I went ‘Oh that’s him he finished best player or top scorer or whatever it was’.

‘So I remember people were talking about you. I saw you coming and man…I saw you and then the team it was you against Patrick [Vieira] and Gilberto [Silva] and went ‘oh my gosh all the very best’ but then you started moving the ball around, playing one-twos.

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Fabregas made is debut at the age of 16 (Picture: Getty)

‘People like Patrick and Gilberto couldn’t get near you and that’s when we knew you could play with us straight away. Then you go and score in the Carling Cup and the rest is history.

‘Sometimes people do not mention it. People rightly talk about Kevin De Bruyne right now because the guy is unbelievable and David Silva unbelievable but for me you’re up there with those guys.

‘The way you play I’ve always been attracted to players that were clever on the ball and you’re one of the most clever I’ve played with.’

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