Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Hazard Better Fit Than Mata, Could Replace Nasri's Void

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Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Hazard Better Fit Than Mata, Could Replace Nasri's Void
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Javier Mascherano of Liverpool battles for the ball with Eden Hazard of Lille during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, second leg match at Anfield on March 18, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger has rejected claims of being “stubborn” this week, but has seen another transfer target sign away from North London. This time the Arsenal target Juan Mata of Valencia has agreed to terms with Arsenal’s cross-town rival Chelsea.

The French boss has endured quite a trying week. Maybe the toughest week of his entire 15-year tenure as the Arsenal boss and has rescinded any exterior noise that he refuses to spend money.

“We will buy. People feel I’m stubborn, I’m not, I just want to do the best for the team and to buy the right players. If I have shown one thing in the last 15 years, it’s that I have brought good players here. We will bring experienced players. But people just say 'buy’ but it’s to buy the right player, which is difficult.”

Whether you agree with the Frenchman’s refusal to be labeled as stubborn or not, you cannot deny his eye for talent, in particular, his eye for talent in the French marketplace. Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka, Bacary Sagna, and Samir Nasri have all blossomed under the tutelage of their compatriot.

Arsenal supporters have become restless with their boss urging him to spend money by showcasing their frustration. Banners, chants and boisterous boos as early as the preseason Emirates Cup rained down from the Emirates supporters.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Eden Hazard of Lille breaks clear of the challenge of Glen Johnson of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, second leg match at Anfield on March 18, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Even former players that have helped fill up the trophy case at the club voiced their opinion on their former boss’s reluctance to shell out the necessary funds on quality players thus far.

Wenger needs experienced players and players with quality that can step straight into the starting XI. Eden Hazard brings a moderate amount of the former even at his age and unequivocally contains the latter. The French Ligue 1 two-time young player of the year and last season’s player of the year has dazzled players and coaches alike throughout France and Europe.

Hazard could bring an instant spark and impact to a club that needs a strong shot in the arm. A playmaker with blazing pace, tap dancing feet on the ball, killer instincts around the box, and a repertoire of tricks that leave defenders chasing their shadows make Hazard one of the top prospects in Europe at the ripe age of 20.

Arsenal may have problems in the back four, but an addition like Eden Hazard would help alleviate the pain suffered by the club over the past ten days.

After the exit of their assist leader in Cesc Fabregas and the imminent departure of the flashy Samir Nasri, the squad desperately needs someone who can create chances for their forwards and wingers.

The Belgian international would help alleviate the gaping hole left in the heart of the Arsenal midfield and have a bigger impact than Mata could have made at the Emirates.

Hazard received powerful praise from one of the world’s all time greats—Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, who now works for his former club Real Madrid, said, “I would take Hazard to Madrid with my eyes closed."

Arsenal supports may be on the verge of mutiny against their club’s boss, but the signing of the Lille midfielder Hazard should cool tempers in North London at least temporarily. Reports out of England have Arsenal tabling a £26m bid for the Belgian international.

The Champions League playoff result against Udinese could prove to be a moot point in the relentless negativity surrounding the club in recent days. Hazard will most likely wait to see Arsenal’s result in Italy before making the jump to the EPL without Champions League football as part of the package.


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