Arsenal's hopes of strengthening their midfield with the addition of Lille playmaker Eden Hazard now looks to be over after the Ligue 1 outfit's manager Frederic Paquet released a statement to say the player is happy in France.

In the wake of Samir Nasri's north London departure, Hazard, who can operate on either flank as well as through the middle has been earmarked as a perfect replacement.

The 20-year-old Belgian international is believed to be top of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's wishlist, as he faces a race against the clock to add to his Emirates Stadium squad before the transfer window closes next week.

Rated as one of the brightest prospects in Europe, early indications suggested that the reigning French champions would be willing to sell, to trigger an auction between a number of club's for the player's signature.


Wenger and Co. will have hoped that the relationship developed between the two clubs during the recent transfer of Ivorian forward Gervinho to Arsenal will mean that the Gunners are well placed to re-enter negotiations.

But with Hazard settled in France, and about to embark on Champions League football with Lille, Pacquet insists his star turn has no desire to leave, for Arsenal, or anywhere else.

"Our players are not on the market for Arsenal or any other club," he confirmed.

"I have also spoken with the players and they are willing to stay here. They are very excited to play in the Champions League."

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