Eden Hazard has given Arsene Wenger something to think about after naming Gervinho as the best player he played with during his spell in France.
The two wingers excelled whilst playing for Ligue 1 side Lille before Gervinho eventually sealed a move to Arsenal in the summer of 2011. Hazard joined him in the Premier League the very next summer, signing for Chelsea.
Speaking to Sport magazine, Hazard was asked who the best players he has played with during his time with both Chelsea and Lille.
He replied: “Samuel Eto’o – he’s one of the best players in the world. Obviously here Frank Lampard, JT [John Terry], with the respect they create and what they’ve gone through.
"And, in France, Gervinho – his skills with the ball are insane."
The comments will leave Arsenal fans bemused. The Gervinho they knew was not only clumsy on the ball but wasteful in front of goal. After two forgettable seasons at the Emirates Stadium, the Ivory Coast international was sold to AS Roma, where Rudi Garcia – the manager who sold Gervinho to Arsenal – was happy to take him off Wenger's hands.
Hazard's comments, will certainly add weight to the argument that Wenger did not give Gervinho enough of a chance to excel for Arsenal.
Hazard, who earns a reported £170-000-a-week at Chelsea, was awarded the PFA Player of the Season award last term so certainly knows a good player when he sees one. Gervinho's form in Serie A – a mixed bag of sensational goals and hilarious misses – has left Arsenal fans undecided as to whether the right decision was made.
Signed the wrong star
Wenger is admittedly a huge fan of Hazard and has in the past revealed that Arsenal came close to signing him once upon a time. Unfortunately, Hazard left Lille before the Gunners emerged from their financially restricted years. Had he stayed one more season, and was available when Arsenal had the funds to pull off a £42 million deal for Mesut Ozil, it could all be different.
Not only could Hazard be an Arsenal player instead of Jose Mourinho's prized asset, he could have also helped Gervinho to save his Arsenal career. The pair were excellent together in Ligue 1 and the chance to reform that partnership in the Premier League would have been irresistible for the Belgium international.