Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explains why he did not sign Eden Hazard

Hazard on Ball - Chelsea v West Brom

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard was on the radar of Premier League rivals Arsenal when he was at Lille.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed to The Sun that he could not sign Eden Hazard from Lille because of financial reasons.

The Frenchman wanted to sign the Belgium international winger five years ago, according to the British tabloid, when he was starting to build a reputation at Ligue 1 outfit Lille.

“I have no big regrets about Hazard because there was so much money involved and at the time we could not afford it,” Wenger told The Sun.

“It was simply not feasible financially for us. Our transfer dealings that summer were linked with all the environment and we could not honestly defend spending so much on one player.”

Arsenal’s loss was Chelsea’s gain, as in the summer of 2012, the Blues recruited Hazard from Lille.

Since then, the Belgian has gone on to establish himself as one of the best players in the Premier League and has developed into a world-class footballer.

Hazard has been especially brilliant this campaign and has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

The 24-year-old has scored 13 goals and created 87 chances in 32 league appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 60%.

The Chelsea star has won 13 headers, 153 dribbles and 22 tackles in those games, and has been a key factor in Jose Mourinho’s side doing so well in the Premier League this campaign.

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