Long term Gunners target Eden Hazard has finally hinted at move to Arsenal with speculation mounting that he would snub the Gunners for a move to rivals Spurs. He believes a move to North London seems like the best option for his career as he wants regular game time and a ‘place to learn’ which puts the Gunners and Spurs at the front of the queue.
The influential Lille winger is labelled as one of Europes hottest talents and has recently been linked with Paris St Germain, plus Premier League clubs Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea, and with the Belgian international constantly discussing different clubs he has become one of the most talked about players in recent months
The 21-year-old dominated headlines with suggestions that he had signed a precontractual agreement with Spurs that left Arsenal fans feeling helpless after a tough few weeks and after signs were looking up that the Gunners may actually splash some hard cash with Wenger expressing his admiration for the starlet.
But Hazard’s recent statements come with a huge boost for the Gunners confidence as it shows that they can infact still attract world class talent, with Arsenal seeming to be his prefered destination this coming summer, he told Foot Sport Magazine:
There are several clubs that interest me in England and Arsenal is really a part. Of course, it’s always more fun when the football is beautiful. In addition, at Arsenal, there is a French coach and French players, as well as my compatriot Thomas Vermaelen.
That’s the championship [Premier League] where I think I can express myself better. Where I can learn more, too. It’s difficult to explain why, it’s a question of feeling.
The level of the matches, the atmosphere in the stadiums, this is still well above anything I’ve experienced so far in France and that attracts me. And I know many people in England – this is another added attraction.
I have to admit that I went off Hazard after his recent comments talking up a move to Spurs as it seemed that he only wanted to go to a top-ish club to develop himself then head off for Spain when he believes that he can slot straight into the Madrid or Barcelona starting lineups. This will have to be my main concern if he heads to Arsenal as he could potentially do ‘a Nasri’ on us again and this is the last thing we need. But it seems he would genuinely add some much needed creativity and class to the Gunners side which it has been lacking and he has praised Arsenal’s style and manager.
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What do you think? Should Arsenal splash the cash on the zippy Belgian winger? His price tag is expected to be around the £35m mark which is essentially what we sold Nasri for wasn’t it? I have to say that I am for signing him on a long term (5 years at least) contract as not only will it add a quality, world class talent but also signal Arsenal’s attention and ambition which will hopefully be enough to convince Van Persie to sign a fresh contract.