A startling announcement has been made by former Chelsea and current Real Madrid star Eden Hazard about the Gunners from his boyhood days.
After years of speculation, just weeks after leading his side to Europa League glory under Maurizio Sarri in 2019, the Belgian secured a dream move to Madrid, scoring twice in the final as Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan.
However, reflecting on the win two seasons on, the forward acknowledged that the result of the first-ever all-English Europa League final would not have fulfilled his childhood self.
“It’s difficult for me to admit because of my relationship with Chelsea, but I liked the Arsenal team at the time [when he was a kid],” Hazard said in an interview with On The Front Foot.
The team I watched the most when I was little was the French national team. For me, Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry were the players that I looked up to.
“They [Les Blues] had players like Robert Pires, [Sylvain] Wiltord, and [Patrick] Vieira, so I went on to grow up mainly with French players.”
During seven years at the club, Hazard, 30, netted 110 times in 352 games in all competitions for Chelsea, cementing his reputation as a Blues legend.
However, Hazard has been caught in a vicious loop of recurring injury problems marring his time in Madrid since his big-money move to Los Blancos.
“I’m lucky that when I’m injured and stuck at home, I have my family to get me through,” Hazard added.
For me, it’s not the end of the world because I can spend time with my kids, it can be difficult if you’re alone and hurt, but I’m grateful I have my family to support me.
“There’s only so much you can do when you’re injured, you can work to get better faster, but the injuries I’ve just taken time to heal. I just have to wait, work hard to get better and I can enjoy the time with my family when I’m at home.”