Chelsea star’s snub to spark Arsenal title challenge

When the Arsenal players next kick off in the Premier League we could start the game six points off the league leaders, as Chelsea face Man City away in the early Saturday match. The best thing for the Gunners would be a draw but failing that I think it would be better for Man City in order to halt the recent momentum of Chelsea.

There is another reason for Arsenal fans and our players to want Chelsea to falter as well, because their Belgian international star Eden Hazard was reported by Metro this week dismissing Arsenal as a serious rival to his club for the EPL title this season.

Instead, when asked about who could beat Chelsea to the trophy Hazard said just Liverpool and Man City, which is a little bit odd when you consider we are just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s team, just two behind Jurgen Klopp’s and only three behind the current league leaders of Antonio Conte.

What may seem even more odd about Hazard’s comments, especially to the 11 Gunners that were on the Emirates pitch in September, was that we ripped Chelsea apart with ease. Has the Belgian forgotten this pasting that Arsenal handed to him and his teammates?

Will his dismissal of our title credentials help to spur the Gunners on to greater efforts this weekend and help us to get the win at West Ham?

Can Alexis Sanchez beat Eden Hazard to the PFA award?

Eight consecutive victories have put Arsenal on course to not only secure a top four finish and Champions League football for the eighteenth consecutive season under Arsene Wenger, but also finish runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League. An FA Cup Final at Wembley against Aston Villa may be the icing on the cake for the Gunners who have been in imperious form, playing the wonderful free-flowing football that makes them one of the best teams in Europe. Wenger will point to a collective team effort for Arsenal enjoying an excellent campaign, but there can be no doubt that Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation in his first season at the club and been the main reason behind the club’s success. The Chilean star has been in fantastic form all season, with Sanchez not only deservedly nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, but also included in Bookies.com team of the season and many other Premier League XIs. Eden Hazard may be the only player that stands towards Sanchez and a crowning achievement to wrap up a superb season for the former Barcelona man; it promises to be a close call between two players who have been instrumental in leading their respective team to glory.

Dominant lead

Arsenal may find it difficult to overhaul Chelsea’s ten-point lead at the Premier League summit with just six games remaining, and may have to instead focus on what could turn out to be a three-horse race for second spot. Few would argue that Jose Mourinho’s side do not deserve to win the title, as they have spent the majority of the season at the top and delivered on their manager’s promise that they would be much stronger in his second season back at Stamford Bridge.

Winning the title may ultimately tilt the odds of winning the PFA award in Hazard’s favour, who has recently been rated as one of the three best players in the world by his manager and former World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane. The Belgian international has developed into Chelsea’s most important asset, with Hazard contributing fourteen league goals from midfield and created many more for his team-mates. Sanchez has been equally important to Arsenal this season, with the Chilean contributing the same number of goals and being involved in everything good about the Gunners this season. Missing out on the title should not necessarily decrease Sanchez’s chances of winning the award, such has been the size of the impact he has made at the Emirates Stadium as defences have struggled to cope with his mesmerising skills.

Individual skills

Deciding which player is more deserving of the PFA Player of the Year award may come down to their individual skills, with Sanchez and Hazard currently on the same number of goals and being involved in many others for their respective teams. Sanchez has undoubtedly benefitted immensely from his time at Barcelona, but while his superb level of consistency and performances in an Arsenal shirt leaves fans wondering why the La Liga side were willing to let him go, he has brought his quick feet and lightning-fast speed to the Emirates. Fans and media pundits alike have often run out of superlatives to describe just how explosive Sanchez has been this season, with the Chilean able to cause all sorts of havoc on either wing or as a centre forward. His eye for a pass and timing of the run has enabled Sanchez to slot in perfectly to Arsenal’s football philosophy and style of play, with his unerring finishing ability making Sanchez so deadly.

Hazard may not be as effective as a front man, but his marauding runs and dribbling skills from either wing, particularly the left where he can cut in on his stronger right foot, has made it impossible for defenders to keep him quiet this season. In truth, the Chelsea star offers the same qualities as Sanchez; although he may not have the explosive off-the-mark acceleration, Hazard is incredibly difficult to stop when running or dribbling at full flow – something which has resulted in Hazard being the most fouled player in the Premier League. Fans of both clubs may have to accept that they have incredibly talented players that would be deserving of the PFA award, but Arsenal will hope that Sanchez comes out on top to mark what could go down as one of the best debut seasons in recent history.

Arsenal risking top transfer target as Wenger penny pinches

There is interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe, apparently, so when the Arsenal transfer rumours last week suggested that the Gunners were on the verge of sealing the deal for the summer transfer of Paulo Dybala, the talented young striker making waves with Palermo in Serie A, it looked like we had pulled off a real coup.

But the deal is now on hold, according to a Metro report, after Arsene Wenger backed away from meeting the Serie A club´s valuation of a bit less than £30 million. Instead the Frenchman is trying to screw the price down in order to bring the player dubbed the new Sergio Aguero to north London.

If it works then Wenger will have done good work for the Gunners, but how often in the past have we tried to haggle on price and ended up losing our transfer targets, often to a direct rival? Eden Hazard and Juan Mata are two recent examples and from what I hear coming out of Italy, Dybala has the ability to become a world class striker.

Should Wenger just cough up the cash and sign him?

Hazard thinks Ronaldo, Messi, and erm, Gervinho, are world’s best!

After teasing media and fans alike over his prospective club destination in the off-season, new Chelsea recruit Eden Hazard has made another quick move to the top of the tabloids with a revelation that former Lille teammate Gervinho is his footballing inspiration.

Proving that he can contest Mario Balotelli in a competition for stories which provide the most laughs, 21-year old Hazard compared the Arsenal flop to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, whose videos Hazard watches in hopes of emulating them, adding that the Ivorian is the best player player he has ever played with.

Gervinho, like Hazard, shone effusively for Lille before moving to English shores last summer, albeit with a lesser sense of hesitancy over which club to pick. The Ivorian however quickly went from a top prospect to a relative flop, making only 25 appearances in the Premier League, many of those from the bench, scoring just four goals in all competitions for the North London side.

Hazard didn’t stop short of mentioning that Gervinho taught him a few things, and suggested that the Arsenal man always makes the right runs on the football field, a bit baffling considering the number of times he got them wrong for the Gunners last term.

If Gervinho is the man Hazard is looking to emulate in the league next season, Chelsea might not be fully pleased with the value they will get for the reported £32 million they have spent for the starlet, who has a reputation for being rather unprofessional at times.

Arsenal don’t need Hazard – We’ve got Gervinho!

I am sick of reading about Eden Hazard. It has been the most over-reported story of the summer, but it looks like he has made his mind up and we can all forget about it. Chelsea, obviously, are expecting big things form the Belgian international but he has claimed that Arsenal have a better player in Gervinho, The Sun reports.

The two players were team mates for two seasons at Lille, helping the club win the French league title. Gervinho was employed as a striker/winger and scored 15 league goals that season.

Hazard told reporters that he watched videos of Messi and Ronaldo. “Great players inspire you. The best player I played with was Gervi.” Maybe Arsenal have a genius on their hands, but four goals in 34 games this season was not that impressive. Who knows, maybe he will come good this year.

Maybe Hazard will find it as difficult as Gervinho to adapt to, and impress in, the English Premier league. It would be very funny if, after all the hype, Chelsea have got another expensive flop on their hands.

Eden Hazard to reveal new club by June 2nd – Are Arsenal Still In The Chase?

Negotiations over the sale of Eden Hazard seem to be continuing, but nobody knows anymore whether Arsenal are still in the fight for the Belgian international or not.

All we can say at the moment is that three teams are battling it out for Hazard, but unfortunately for the Gunners, despite Wenger’s huge interest in him, it seems that those three clubs are City, United and Chelsea, although no-one knows for sure.

Hazard’s agent John Bico stated that it’s only a matter of time until the switch will be made, but didn’t shed any light on to where the player’s destination might be.

“We are no longer in the negotiations stage” Bico said. “We have reached agreement with all parties. There will be no higher bid.

“Eden has already said he wants it to be fixed before June 2. He will decide after the games against Montenegro and England, then go on holiday with peace of mind.”

Hazard himself made this comment about the Champions League entry being necessary, which at least rules out a move to White Hart Lane: “Chelsea makes you hesitate. They’ve won the Champions League and they’ll be in it next season.”

“It’s important for me to play in that competition. Chelsea are a great team with great players. Of course it’s a possibility.

“For now nothing’s been decided but it will be soon. Now I want to join up with the national team and then go on holiday. It’ll do me a lot of good.

Arsene Wenger was following a few attacking midfielders, but Hazard looked to be the best of them. Do you think that Arsenal are still in the race for a possible chance to get the player’s signature?

Arsenal Transfer News Betting – Llorente, Van Persie, Huntelaar, Hazard and Podolski

The betting spree continues even though the Premiership has ended and the EURO has yet to start. Gunner fans can still earn some money if they’re inspired enough, as a few transfers are rumoured around the Gunners headquarters.

Fernando Llorente
A more than idealistic transfer, Llorente’s move to Arsenal has a 33 odd (which is sure to bring a fortune), but will probably never come true as clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona or City are roaring to take him.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Another rather idealistic transfer is that of Schalke striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. The Dutchman has snubbed a contract extension and is believed to leave, being linked with United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Some say that a move to Emirates is a bit far-fetched, but the betting houses offer a pretty realistic odd of 12.

Eden Hazard
The Belgian international is sure to make a move this summer away from Lille, and the Gunners have been watching him for over two seasons now. Despite this, they’re only quoted with a 33 odd, while the likes of City, United or Chelsea seem much more likely to land him.

Lukas Podolski
Okay, okay, this is not a bet about a transfer, but it’s too good not to take into consideration. The German striker’s impact on the Premiership is still to be seen, but the bookies offer a 1.73 odd of Podolski to score more than 11 goals next season, and a 2 odd of him scoring less than 10.

Where do you think your money should be, and what do you think is going to happen next season with Arsenal?

Can Arsenal win a bidding war for Eden Hazard?

The fight for Eden Hazard’s signature goes on in England, as English giants Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City are all tracking the attacking midfielder.

It seems that the transfer fee to beat is £30m, and that both City and United are looking to give their all to sign the Belgian international despite him being linked with the Gunners for over two seasons and despite Arsene Wenger’s previous attempts to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Both City and United had scouts at Lille’s game against PSG as Hazard managed to score his 17th goal of the season (and he’s far from being a striker) and Patrick Vieira himself was in the stands, but Arsenal are not to be forgotten about, because when you track a player for as long as Wenger did Hazard, you don’t really need to watch his games live anymore.

The Belgian has refreshed the statement that he’s looking to move away from Lille and to England as he declared:
“My objective is to go to the Premier League, because I have had my time in France. I want to finish the season with Lille and then go to England.”

Every Arsenal fan out there wishes to see the attacking midfielder join, but it’s becoming harder and harder. Do you think that Wenger will pull the transfer off?

Man City favourites to sign Van Persie, while Man Utd lead race for Eden Hazard

The transfer rumours which are wildly linking Arsenal’s striker Robin Van Persie with a move away from the club aren’t going unnoticed by the biggest British bookies on the internet, and you can earn quite an impressive amount of money if you’ll be able to predict his next destination. Our American readers can try this link for US friendly sportsbooks.

The trophy drought at Arsenal has convinced Robin to refuse to hold any contract negotiations until the summer transfer window opens. Many think that this is just a way to motivate Wenger into bringing reinforcements at the club, and it’s believed that Eden Hazard is the biggest target for Arsenal’s manager.

Hazard is rated with 5/1 odds of joining Arsenal or Spurs, but the bookies expect that he’s most likely to join United who are hot favourites at odds of 9/4, with Man City at 6/1 and Chelsea at 9/1.

Van Persie’s possible departure has also attracted attention, as the bookies will allow you to bet on his next destination (be it 4 years from now), where City is leading with 11/10 odds with Barcelona and Real Madrid trailing with odds of 8/1. You may also bet on where Robin will be after the transfer period, and Arsenal aren’t in too much danger of losing their captain according to the bookies who make him 1/2 odds on to remain at Arsenal, while a move to Juventus who has been recently linked has seen the odds drop from 33/1 to just 16/1.

But it will all be academic if Arsenal hold on to Third Place as I am convinced Robin will extend as long as he plays in the Champions League.

Lille admit that Eden Hazard is leaving France this summer

One of Arsenal’s most wanted transfer target Eden Hazard’s summer move has finally been confirmed by French side Lille’s officials, as the Ligue 1 side is getting ready to face the next season without him and find a worthy replacement.

While a destination has yet been revealed, Lille’s president Michel Seydoux stated that the club can’t hold the attacking midfielder any longer and that they need to finally listen to offers coming in for his services.

“Eden wants a European experience outside France. We cannot hold him.

“If he already spent two more seasons in France, it is because we have been a very strong club. We make no sales here.”

It is believed that Lille is looking to replace Hazard with Chelsea’s young star Kevin de Bruyne, who after being bought by the Blues was allowed to continue playing for Genk and a loan deal which is about to end in the summer has been completed.

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has been scouting Hazard for two whole seasons now and it would be a huge shame if the Belgian star will choose to join some other club, especially if we think about the lack of offensive midfielders Arsenal has at the moment.