Emirates Stadium boss keen on Belgian.
Arsene Wenger believes highly-rated Lille playmaker Eden Hazard has ‘what it takes’ to play for a top-level club such as Arsenal.
Hazard has attracted the interest from a string of Europe’s leading clubs and has previously been linked with a £30million move to Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea.
Hazard confirmed that he would finish the season with reigning French champions Lille, but revealed his future ambition is to play in the Premier League.
Arsenal are reported to be long-term admirers of the 21-year-old and Wenger feels Hazard has the talent to be a success on the biggest stage.
“I like Eden Hazard a lot, and for many reasons,” Wenger told La Derniere Heure.
“His creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game, and his consummate skill in making the final pass all make him an in-demand player.
“Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club, and Arsenal are a top-level club.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
So there you have it. Arsene Wenger is essentially saying ‘I want Eden’ but is the Arsenal boss ready to fork out £30m, well it appears he would like to do so, hence his glowing words of admiration towards the Belgian international.
It may however prove more difficult to nab the Lille man if the North London club do not secure a top four finish as te 21 year old would be keen to continue playing in the Champions League. Indeed failure to qualify for Europe’s showpiece tournament would be something of a disaster.
The likes of Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott are less likely to put pen to paper on new contracts if they feel the Gunners have gone backwards so Wenger must hope his side look to make up ground on Chelsea who are just three points ahead of Arsenal in fourth spot.
Hazard has made it clear he will leave the Stade Metropole in the summer and many of Europe’s elite will be keen to nab the young attacking midfielder, with Barcelona and Real Madrid linked with the Lille man, as well as the Premier League pair named by this source.