Monday, August 18, 2014
Exclusive: Arsenal make contact with Lille for Hazard

Exclusive: Arsenal make contact with Lille for Hazard

Arsenal have made contact with Lille regarding the summer transfer of Belgian international Eden Hazard.

A source close to the player revealed to Arseblog News that the Gunners are in discussions with the club regarding a move this summer, however, the talks are at an early stage with more news expected next week.

Negotiations have stalled over the contract of playmaker Samir Nasri while the future of skipper Cesc Fabregas is still uncertain, and Wenger is actively looking to strengthen the Gunner’s squad ahead of the new season.

The source explained that both clubs were in talks over a move although details will remain private, with the Belgian international tipped to replace Nasri at Arsenal following the club’s refusal to break the club’s wage structure to keep the 24-year-old.

Hazard, 20, was a principal protagonist in Lille’s historic Ligue 1 and French Cup Double win last season and has regularly spoken of his preference to move to Arsenal over other rival suitors.

During an Arsenal press conference in January Wenger even responded to speculation when asked by a French reporter if he was aware that it was the Belgian’s “dream” to seal a move to the Emirates.

“It’s a very good question. We follow him. And personally I think he’s a real talent, and he’s good enough to play for Arsenal, yes.” Wenger explained.

Hazard became the youngest player to win the Ligue 1 Player of the Season award last term with Wenger keeping a regular watch over the talented forward. The Frenchman recently sent a scout to monitor his performance in the European Championship qualifier against Turkey last Friday.

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  1. good good good

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  2. is this definately true coz everyone reports they have sources etc..
    great work if so though

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  3. blogger

    a good friend of mine josh rosenfield said he just saw jerome thomas in the london colney area…. do you have any news on this

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    • frankie frankie

      i think thomas still lives in the area or has family from that area. i served him in blockbusters once when he was a youth team player at arsenal. he was also friends with of the kids who went to my school in the lower years.

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  4. Bye Nasri.

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  5. I believe, a creative playmaker would be needed for Arsenal even if Nasri stayed. I believe, Cesc will leave, Nasri is a concern. I’ve doubts that Lille will let both Gervinho and Hazard go, and I think, we should move for Marvin Martin.

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    • Miyaichi Noodle Soup

      Marvin.. really?? and thats because………… let me guess – you saw a clip of him scoring in the frenchies last match, and one media outlet called him ‘better than Zidane’.. Am I right?

      Really weak

      I’d say stop fu*king around in Ligue 1, and get proven PL players!

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      • I believe his 17 assits in the French Ligue 1 10/11 season are also convincing. Anyway, I don’t think that Arsenal scout their identified talents via a five-minutes long video on Youtube.com… Martin was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, alongside Gervinho or even Hazard. I think, he wouldn’t be so expensive, would fit into our 4-3-3 system better than Hazard, and he may not want to leave us 3 years later to join his dream club, Real Madrid. But this is my personal opinion.

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  6. 1thechamp (sydney)

    arseblog is always rite on the money and has inside contacts

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  7. I should point out this story is authored by Nigel Brown. You can see the byline info etc of each piece underneath the headline.

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    • And may I ask who Nigel brown is? And how reliable is this source? Is it 100% true that we are in for Eden?

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  8. can u get this kid onboard fast, keep nasri and cesc,, av heard that barca’s transfer kitty is less than the valuation for fabregas- hope that’s true!!

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  9. Sounds promising..

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  10. If nasri and cesc leave it will be a blow to us but also might freshen things up. I watch allot of football and samir even though he is absoluty class he tends to have too many touches at times and floats into the middle. not to many crosses come from him and i think a winger like hazad who is direct shoots on sight and can produce propper wing play might help us. The problem with our team is we like to play through the middle all the time, when it works it looks great but sometimes i want to shake cesc and samir and just tell them to cross it or shoot, rather than passing it back and forward across the 18 yard box. If cesc goes i really do think ramsey will step up. the guy is class and a goal scorer. he had been out for a year came back and played a blinder and scored the winner against man u. absolute class. can not remeber when cesc won us a big game like that recently. spend the money we get on good prem defenders and a striker and we are good to go. young guys like marvin martin, and alverezs i think will be needed cause if aron and jack, (the new xavi and iniesta) I hope lol play more prominate rolls they will need back up, and so the arsen machine goes on. keep your faith in wrenger we would be mid table without him..

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  11. My oh my..this transfer news bcome more exciting..

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  12. Have it on good authority, that Wenger is waiting for Nasri and Cesc to leave before any incomings happen. We are interested in Gervinho, but no big as of yet. Hazard, we have first refusal on him but its 30 million euros and we will only offer 20, and only the basis nasri is sold, preferably to juventus or any other team not in prem. Any other questions dont hesitate. I dont pretend to be in the know, i am in the know.

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    • “I dont pretend to be in the know, i am in the know” Now I know who’s in the office with Wenger, making the deals sorting out the targets! Well done oli you are the man.

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      • “I know a guy, who knows a guy, who met the Arsenal Chief Executive in a lift in a restaurant in London last week, and he said…”

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    • Twisted Cuntloks

      really ? you must be really important

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  13. From what I have seen of Hazard, he is trully an amazing talent, and dare I say, could prove to have a bigger effect on this Arsenal team and AFC than Nasri would have had. If we sign him, I see no reason not to let Nasri go, replacing Cesc however, would be another issue…

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    • No player is irreplaceable

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      • At this point I would like to introduce new evidence. We can call it La Pulga Atomica…(messi for the uninitiated)

        In any case, you can replace and change a system, but certain players…they are irreplaceable.

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  14. Too good to be true

    I’m such a cynic.

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  15. Mmmmmmmm gigidy.

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  16. Buy hazard. Amazing. Keep cesc and nasri and make Theo the third striker after selling bendtner. Perfect.

    Now that’s a midfield!!!

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  17. If it’s a question of Nasri or Hazard on the wing, then better to go for Hazard and have some money over for other areas of the squad.

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  18. Please please please Arsene Wenger spend what ever is needed to get Eden Hazard!!

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  19. i hope this goes through and we can keep a hold of both cesc, and nasri, go back to a 4-4-2 and have theo and rvp up front with a midfield of hazard/cesc/wilshire/nasri that is an arsenal.

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  20. Just been in contact with my in the know friend. We have agree to trade Nasri with Nani and the funds used to sell Bendtner and Fabregas will be used to buy Frank Lampard and Scott Parker. Any other questions dont hesitate. I dont pretend to be in the know, i am in the know.

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  21. American Gooner

    if oli is an insider, then i am arsene wenger. hoping this buy is legit, but we also need a defender or two and striker, especially if bendtner is off.

    dream would be hazard, sakho (cahill second choice), insert left back here, and gervinho/falcao/higuain, etc., with cesc and nasri staying.

    since dreams dont happen with arsenal, ill say:

    hazard and samba in along with odemwinge with nasri bendtner and and rosicky out. clichy and eboue stay for now. hazard in because we are getting worried that someone else will get him. who knows.

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  22. Absolutely thrilled that Wenger is actually trying for once.

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  23. Well cheers Arse.

    I hope this is true as he is a class player. But you have now alerted everyone else to this fact. All we need is Shity or the Chavs to step in… :-(

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  24. Paarently this is true, Arsenal also in for Cahill and Subotic http://www.blottr.com/sport/breaking-news/arsenal-target-3-players-fabregas-set-leave

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  25. I hate to break it to you but if both Cesc and Nasri leave we ain’t replacing them too quickly.

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  26. Hazzard is the real deal. He fits our style of play and he has that “edge” we need. He is a winner. If Nasri does not resign, we replace the two and with the money for Nasri, we should get Chamberlain from Southhampton. Done and done.

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    • rockofgilberto

      The last thing we need is another 17 year old. There are better and more proven options than Chamberlain.

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    • If we lose both Nasri and Cesc–not inconceivable really–then I imagine Wenger would buy Hazard and promote Ramsey.

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  27. chicken goujon

    please mr.arseblogger could you provide us with more info on this story in tomorrows blog please

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  28. Guys!

    Seriously?

    Chill out!

    Yes we (Arsenal) like Hazard, yes he is a quality player, but the reason he hasnt and wont come this summer is because Lille want 30mil euros at the moment.

    Having said that, dont be suprised if an 18mil euro offer gets accept by Lille within the next 2 years.

    There will be lots of rumours floating around, i wouldnt beleive anything until it is confirmed on the official Arsenal website-yes transfer season is exciting-especially this one as we will be busy-but Arsene keeps his cards so close to his chest-not even his nipples knows whats on the cards!

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the silly season!

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  29. Two belgian terminators the future heart of our defence? Sounds goooood.

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  30. what is wrong with buying youth, nothing.. best policy to have. sometimes i am ashamed too call myself an arsenal fan. The things i hear, coming from so called fans ok we have not won anything in six years but arsene told all of us it would be six years before we could compete due to the financial pressure of the stadium that was before the bloody recession. That stadium we would not have if it was not for him, and it has sucured our future for the next 50 years or so. and if i remeber right we do try and sign these players everyone is on about, does not mean we will get them. last year arsene tried to buy jags, he was quoted 25 million. which is taking the piss, it is not arsenes fault ridiculas owners have come into the game, like city and chelsea and inflated the market.. the fact that he gets people cheap and makes them into players is amazing, 15 years in a row in champs league, which is where it is at these days. makes us a power house in europe and with out spending cash. who else could do that, and this transfer window he is trying but it may not come off not cause he is tight but because he cares for the club. when the new rules come in then we will see who can manage and we better still have wrenger.. buy this guy, buy that guy i am getting sick of it, they are trying and i am hopeful we will have a competative squaud next year. but we have no devine right to win things.. look at liverpool, spurs etc so called big clubs, with shit whole stadiums a books that do not balance…where are all there titles.. i would rather be in our boat. sign kids keep the machine going our time will come but if you get the chance to sign a big name that is actually needed do it if its possible.

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  31. please what is wrong with these arsenal players.HARZAD is a good player i wish the sign him hence next season nasir will leave arsenal .He should come for cover

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  32. Agree, highly promising signs of our intent.

    By the way people keep talking about Cesc and/or Nasri leaving. Imagine signing Hazard and keeping both. Signing Hazard may well impress upon both too.

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  33. me likey

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  34. Yeeeeeee Har!

    Lets chase the Hazzard

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  35. the king of the world

    There’s a Hazard on it’s way…

    EDEN HAZARD !!

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  36. Opened talks in case nasri goes.Nasri stays talks will breakdown.

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  37. Cabaye, Mmmmmm.

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  38. Just how reliable is this source? I read we had made contact with hazard on another blog and there source was ESPN but I couldnt find any news on ESPN. This could be massive if this website get this right! I know were everyone will come for the news lol here but only if it’s true!

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  39. Not to out a damon on things, but this is e likely scenario. We will not buy him, or anyone else significant for that matter. Players will leave – Clichy, Nasri, Cesc, Bendtner, Denilson. Young players will be promoted and new players will be given a second chance. The is is the Wenger way. If it works in the long-run, it will be a stroke of genius. And who are we to judge? Wenger knows far much more about the game and what the team needs than any of us. Why do you think he brought in Silvestre? Everyone thought it was a crazy move, but Wenger slyly replied “Ha, now you didn’t expect that did you?” to the press. It didn’t quite work out, but thinks laterally. and thisbwill always be his philosophy: doing what’s right for his players and the team. This is how it will go:

    Out – Nasri. In – Ryo Miyaichi
    Out – Bendtner. In – JET
    Out – Clichy. In – Jenkinson
    Out – Cesc. In – Ramsey
    Out – Denilson. In – Lansbury

    Result = healthy club, with good finances and loyal squad, and in CL qualifying every year.

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  40. Not to put a dampener on things, but this is the likely scenario. We will not buy him, or anyone else significant for that matter. Players will leave – Clichy, Nasri, Cesc, Bendtner, Denilson. Young players will be promoted and new players will be given a second chance. The is is the Wenger way. If it works in the long-run, it will be a stroke of genius. And who are we to judge? Wenger knows far much more about the game and what the team needs than any of us. Why do you think he brought in Silvestre? Everyone thought it was a crazy move, but Wenger slyly replied “Ha, now you didn’t expect that did you?” to the press. It didn’t quite work out, but thinks laterally. and thisbwill always be his philosophy: doing what’s right for his players and the team. This is how it will go:

    Out – Nasri. In – Ryo Miyaichi
    Out – Bendtner. In – JET
    Out – Clichy. In – Jenkinson
    Out – Cesc. In – Ramsey
    Out – Denilson. In – Lansbury

    Result = healthy club, with good finances and loyal squad, and in CL qualifying every year.

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  41. Awesome English

    I hope this is not true. Why wenger cant get it, that we will win nothing with these greedy foreigners playing for the arsenal. I say sell all the damned foreigners, and use that money to buy English players. One english player for each position is enough to win us titles and cups. All we need is Green, Cahill, Parker and Jack, and an true English Striker, Kevin Davies.

    It time for Arsenal to be English again. The French have failed us.

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    • Is this a joke?

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    • Yes.. you are too true!!!!!!!! Lets fill the Arsenal team full of English World Cup and European cup winners!! We would dominate for years to come. Oh wait………

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    • We need more [UNLIMITED] firepower. We all know technique is useless up front what you need is a proper striker who can bully defenders! Lets meet Andy Caroll’s minimum release clause?

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  42. we all knw wenger doesn’t sell to epl clubs and lille are going to the champions league and they’ll need experience so wenger to throw squillaci, clichy and 12mil and even Ryo Miyaichi on loan to compensate the loss of their phenemenal player!!

    Hazard should be our main priority!!

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  43. I am Nigel Brown. I don’t exist. I make up rumours that amount to zilch.

    I am Nigel Brown. :)

    PS if Hazard comes, I’ll kill myself and post my autopsy live on a website. Won’t happen.

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  44. What about Willian too? Nasri to Real for cash + Diarra?

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  45. Montlenyane Maromba

    oh my God…may wenger win ds battle..gooners lets not point fingers out coz our manager has hd lil cash to spend in d market previous seasons..n now a HAZARD is coming..h cn even giv em Chamackh coz w already got Gervino..also bring Cahil.Samba.Falcao.

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  46. he is liverpool player

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  47. Hazard shuld be replacing Theo on the right..given him some competitor in that role should help him be a more consistent player..arsenal shuld try hard to hold on to Samir & cesc..Samir can slot on left..that way clichy would have more security..coz Samir and clichy usually combine well..and sagna can mould hazard to his style..coz Theo is usually lost wen sagna runs up the flank..

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  48. Hey guys any more news on this as I would have hazard over gervinho

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  49. Wenger want to buy Hazard to replace Nasri? Is it not funny. Must we always make the same mistake. Is selling a player the only reason we need to buy another one. So assuming Nasri stays, and Wenger still stands by his words that the lad ‘Is good enough to play for Arsenal’ will he then snub him. That has been our bane for so long, trying only to replace people. Why cant we for once try to add to this team. If Barca was waiting for Iniesta to live before they buy Affelay will they still be where they are today. It seems there is no space for Fabregas at Barca now, but the sensible coach that Guardiola is knows that during the course of the season some players will get injured, some carded, some lose form, so every player will be involved one way or another. Afellay was a bit-part player that came to Barca in January, yet he won matches for them e.g. Semi final first leg champions league with Madrid. But our grand old all-knowing Arsene wants to play 60+ games in one season with eleven players. Good riddance to bad rubbish! Damn the hypocrites always raising that banner ‘In Arsene we trust’. Damn the board that entrusts our continual emotion and the unhinging of our joy to an arrogant, irresponsible man. I hope they will all come out in four years time to celebrate our ten years without a trophy. Why? The Leopard never changes its spots. We have missed out on four potential targets already this year: Jones, Friedel, Cabaye and Amalfitano. With Arsene Wenger I am sure that the treand of ‘nearly singing but eventually never signing anybody’ will tarry. Adieu Arsenal. Meet you in Nationwide League soon.

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  50. Yo cant believe this happening im so outraged by this whole thing

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  51. Exclusive my arse, never gonna happen (wish it would), but never, we need two good players for each position, not just barely 1, then a 2nd string crock full of crap. Please buy this player!

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  52. Oh PLEASE for the love of all that is good and not Clichy, let this deal happen. I spent a good hour and a half familiarizing myself with Hazard last week by which I mean I sat there slack-jawed watching video after video on Youtube until the drool began to encroach upon my CPU.

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  53. Wow…. Hazard?,Geovinho?, Samba?, Cahill?, Alvarez?, Falcao?, what da f***. None in yet? Wenger should brace up to da challenge here. Time is running out. Now inter wants to hijack Alvarez. Is Eto’o still coming in? Whats da latest with Odemwingie of west brom?

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  54. we probably choose gervinho cos hazard was too expensive.

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