Eden Hazard may have spent seven years with Chelsea, but he grew up watching Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal on TV.

Eden Hazard runs past Kelechi Nwakali (Photo via FCNaija.com)
Eden Hazard runs past Kelechi Nwakali (Photo via FCNaija.com)

Winning a number of trophies with Chelsea, many supporters at Stamford Bridge consider Eden Hazard a legend for the club. However, Hazard revealed in a recent interview with On The Front Foot that the team he usually watched as a child was Arsenal.

“The players I looked at the most were Zidane and Henry, and it is difficult for me to admit that because of my relationship with Chelsea, but I really liked Arsenal at that time,” Hazard said.

“They had players like Pires, Wiltord, and Vieira, the players I saw growing up.”

It’s not exactly surprising to hear that a player born in the 1990s grew up watching Arsenal. Between the ages of seven and 14, Hazard would’ve watched the side win the league three times and the FA Cup four times.

Not only that, but he would’ve seen them playing some quite incredible football, capped off with the ‘invincibles’ season.

As we know, Arsenal did try to sign Hazard when he was at Lille. In 2011, the Ligue 1 club wouldn’t let the winger go and sold Arsene Wenger Gervinho instead. A year later, Chelsea swooped in and signed the Belgian international.

Now playing for Real Madrid, things aren’t working out so well for Hazard. Injuries have hit him hard and he’s only scored four goals since his move in July 2019. He’s currently sidelined for up to six weeks with a thigh problem.