As rumoured last week, Eden Hazard’s quite possible move to the Emirates was questioned after strong interest was shown from Spanish giants Real Madrid. This worry seems to have become a reality, with an apparent 30 million Euros move agreed for the Frenchman.
However, having spent the past two seasons chasing the midfielder, why didn’t Wenger make his move? It was clear that there was going to be a lack of creativity after the departures of Fabregas and Nasri, so why did he wait until the final week of the transfer window to buy Arteta when he could’ve had Hazard? Admittedly, Hazard would’ve cost three times as much as Arteta’s £10 million, but with full international experience and aged just 20, the extra money does now seem like it would have been worthwhile.
It is very improbable that Wenger would’ve wanted to spend that much on a single player, but the fact that he discovered the potential of such a talent arguably before anyone else outside Lille suggests that he could’ve got him for much less had he reacted sooner.
Hazard looks to be another strong signing for Real, whilst Wenger can only look at his uninspiring last-minute buys with lament. Arteta is past his best while Hazard is only just getting started.
Is Arsene losing his touch?