Date: 16th February 2012 at 11:08am
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A number of fans have been reported to be, ‘devastated, but stable’  this morning after discovering that won’t be a player in time for Sunday’s game against  .

“Of course. It’s always more fun when it’s beautiful [the football]. In addition, at , there is a coach and French players. And Thomas Vermaelen,”

Hazard confessed to Sport Foot Magazine.

“There are several clubs that interest me in England and Arsenal is really a part. That’s the championship where I think I can express myself better. Where I can learn more, too…”

Arsenal and indeed were relentlessly linked with this Adel Taarabt 2.1 for the bulk of last year. Chelsea saying that they had scouted him 20 times. 20 times! What were they waiting for, balloon animals, close up magic or his famous ‘Vera Lynn’ impression? 

No, I think Chelsea’s sluggishness was to do with Mata being a superior bet and the lurking specter of the Financial Fair Play regs.

With Arsenal the problem is twofold of course. Aunty Wenger doesn’t like spending Christmas so how quite how he’s going to be coerced into dropping €30m is anyone’s guess.

If this is anything to those of you joining us grown ups late in the game, it’s a gentle introduction to the world of light whoring  that is modern football.