Arsene Wenger is preparing a bid of around £23m for Lille’s attacker Edin Hazard, according to numerous sources this morning.
The Arsenal manager has come under heavy criticism after the departure of Cesc Fabregas, and a start to the season that has seen his side pick up just one point in their opening two games. Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool on the weekend emphasized the need to strengthen the current squad, and Hazard is believed to be just one of several targets the Frenchman is hoping to bring in before the closing of the transfer window on August 31st.
The future of Samir Nasri is still to be resolved, but should his proposed move to Manchester City go through in the coming days then the Arsenal boss will enter the transfer market with more funding than he is used to, and reports today have suggested he is more than happy to splash the cash, but only on the right kind of players.
At just 20-years-old, Edin Hazard has established himself as one of Lille’s top players, and both his goals and assists proved to be crucial as his side were crowned champions of France at the end of last season. Hazard has bagged himself 28 goals, and help set up another 22 in his last three seasons in Ligue 1, and Arsenal fans will be hoping that the Belgian international can replicate this kind of form in the Premier League, especially after the departure of both Cesc Fabregas and (potentially) Samir Nasri,
At £23m Hazard may be deemed a rather expensive gamble, and this kind of signing does appear to go against the tight-fisted reputation that Wenger has made for himself over the years. Wenger has vowed to remain in charge at Arsenal despite recent reports suggesting he may quit, and it seems as though his decision to go into the market relied heavily on the future of both Fabregas and Nasri.
With Champions League football far from guaranteed even this season at the Emirates, some Arsenal fans will have been preparing themselves for the worst over the summer period. However, if Wenger is able to rebuild and strengthen the current crop at Arsenal by bringing in players of high quality like Hazard, then there may well be some light at the end of the tunnel for these fans – we will perhaps be in a better position to know come August 31st.
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