Arsenal confirm Eden Hazard interest

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared his interest in signing Lille winger Eden Hazard, but insists the club's tight finances may prevent a move for the highly-rated Belgian international.

The 21-year-old said before Christmas that he was set to leave the Ligue 1 champions, and was looking to seek a new challenge abroad.

A host of Europe elite clubs have been linked with a move for Hazard, and Wenger says the Gunners are one of those interested parties.

"You should know that each season, it is imperative to show a profit of between fifteen and twenty million pounds," said Wenger.

"I would add that the purpose of a coach is to always buy at a price he sees fit.

"I really like him [Hazard] and, for several reasons: it's his creative power, his ability to mis-align the opponent, his vision of the game and his consummate skill to address the last pass which make him a very interesting player.

"Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club, and Arsenal are a top-level club."

The club's frugal approach is likely to frustrate the Emirates Stadium faithful, who have regularly seen the club miss out on Europe's big names in transfer windows, instead opting to buy young, inexperienced talent with a view to building for the future.

Last summer, Wenger altered his transfer policy following the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively, and brought in a myriad of experienced faces to help bare the double loss.

Mikel Arteta, 29, Per Mertesacker, 27, and Yossi Benayoun, 31, all joined the club in the twilight of the summer window.

Hazard inspired Lille to the French title last term, but couldn't guide the club to the knock-out stage of the Champions League, alongside Liverpool loanee Joe Cole.

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