MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 02: Eden Hazard of LOSC Lille Metropole during the UEFA Champions League, group B match between FC Internazionale Milano and LOSC Lille Metropole at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 2, 2011 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
So Lille wunderkind Eden Hazard, long a name floating around the Arsenal blogosphere (and every other decent Premier League team's sphere), won't be popping up on the Thames any time soon:
Hazard confirms he's going to Manchester - but doesn't say which club. "To Manchester, I've already said. The decision will be made soon."— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) May 14, 2012
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If we're all being honest with ourselves, the arrival of Lukas Podolski is already a step in resolving whatever gaps Arsene Wenger feels the team had in terms of attack, and while Hazard is a tremendous player that would add a ton to any club he joined, the large-ness of the mojo around his coming to England was such that Arsenal were always most likely going to be priced out of the game long before the "big three" spenders (Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea, in case you were wondering, although the latter obviously are out, now, too).
Arsenal have more pressing (no pun intended...or was there) needs now, anyhow.