Arsene Wenger: Why I don’t regret not bringing Eden Hazard to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger says that he has no regrets about not signing Eden Hazard for Arsenal back in 2012
Arsene Wenger insists that he has no regrets about not being able to sign Eden Hazard for Arsenal, saying that the Belgian playmaker was financially “out of reach” for the north London club.
Hazard joined Chelsea in a £32m deal from Lille back in the summer of 2012 after being linked with a possible move to Emirates Stadium in the build-up to the transfer.
It was not feasible for us financially
However, the initial asking price proved too much for Arsenal before the playmaker sealed his transfer to Chelsea in June 2012.
“I have no big regrets because – at the time – there was so much money involved we could not afford it and not defend it, honestly,” Wenger told a news conference last week.
“It was not feasible for us financially.”
Hazard has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season and his sparkling form has helped Chelsea build a 10-point lead at the top of the table.
The 24-year-old is set to come up against Wenger’s team on Sunday when Chelsea travel across London to take on Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
Hazard has scored 13 goals and made eight assists in the Premier League so far for the Blues this season.