Arsenal were in advanced talks for the classy Belgian before Chelsea completed a €40 million deal but the Frenchman insists he was out of their financial reach
Arsene Wenger insists he does not regret passing up the chance to sign Eden Hazard as Arsenal prepare to host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.
Hazard arrives at the Emirates Stadium hoping to bring the Blues one step closer to a first Premier League title in five years as well as strengthening his own claim to the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Belgian’s rise has been rapid since moving to Stamford Bridge from Lille in a £32 million deal in the summer of 2012 and boss Jose Mourinho described his star man as the “best young player in the world” back in February.
But despite coming close to beating Chelsea to the signing of Hazard, Wenger is adamant that he does not dwell on the deal that might have been.
“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,” the Frenchman told reporters.
“It was not feasible for us financially.”
Hazard made a decisive impact the last time Chelsea faced Arsenal in October, breaking the deadlock in the 27th minute by winning and scoring a penalty before Diego Costa secured all three points for Jose Mourinho’s men.