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Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on how Arsenal came desperately close to signing Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Hazard joined the Blues in June 2012 in a £32million deal from French outfit Lille.

But instead of Chelsea’s blue, the Belgian international could have been turning out in the red and white of Arsenal had Wenger got his way.

The Gunners boss revealed he was close to signing Hazard, but was blown out of the water by Arsenal’s London rivals.

“Yes, I wanted to take him,” Wenger said when asked about the 23-year-old.

“I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn’t make.

“He can be one of the players who grows into the [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo stature if he continues to develop well.”

Hazard is Chelsea’s top-scorer this season with 17 goals, but has been linked with a summer move away from Stamford Bridge.

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