The case for buying…
1): Eden Hazard would be a clear step above Santi Cazorla or Tomas Rosicky
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While Cazorla is on the ball far more frequently than Hazard, enjoying a touch every minute compared to every 1.26 minutes from the Chelsea hotshot and both the Spaniard and Czech Republic international have a superior passing accuracy, it is the Belgium forward who has a clear edge in terms of dribbling efficiency, on the ball trickery and close control.
He is also far more creative, as his chance creation of a goal-scoring opportunity once every 31 minutes is testament to. In front of goal, Hazard is far more of an undeniable threat, scoring a goal with roughly every five shots on average, compared to Cazorla's return of a goal every 20 shots approximately.
2): Hazard has what it takes to compete at the top
The trap Arsene Wenger and Arsenal do not want to fall into, is to buy players capable of sustaining a top four finish. In order to achieve Premier League stardom, the North Londoners must attract athletes who are amongst the elite in their positions. Players like Mikel Arteta have strong leadership skills, a professional aura and great talent, but are not of challenging status.
3): It could solidify Wenger's job status
When Wenger landed Mesut Ozil, followed by a half-season of excellent results, the Frenchman's job security appeared sound. The fans who called for a big-money signing had their player and Ozil's arrival drew comparisons to Dennis Bergkamp's signing almost two decades ago.
If Wenger was to bid big for Hazard, who is valued at £39.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, then he would be ushering in an exciting Galactico era policy who would compliment the existing core of young, British talent.
The case for selling…
1): Jose Mourinho may want shot of the player
The Chelsea boss sold Juan Mata as, while his playmaking credentials were/are exquisite, Mourinho did not think his overall work-rate and defensive contributions were up to par. The Happy One's public criticisms of Hazard have an uncanny similarity to his censure of Mata - and, when awarding the 23-year-old with the club's Player of the Year prize, he even told him he expects more next season.
With the funds Mourinho would receive from Arsenal for Hazard, he could raid the transfer market for a more suitable player to his footballing ideology.
2): London rivals yes, but Arsenal and Chelsea have done business
Transferring a player from one big club to another was once an unspoken let alone exercised act. But Chelsea and Arsenal have had success at the negotiating table, with the player plus cash swap transfer of Ashley Cole to the Blues and William Gallas the other way the most notable example in the modern era.
Mourinho also, just this year, sold one of his players to another big club, when he sanctioned the sale of Mata to Manchester United for a £37.1m fee.