Former Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has made a “difficult” admission about his liking of Blues’ London rivals Arsenal when he was little.

The Real Madrid forward was an icon for the west London outfit during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

The four-time Chelsea player of the year winner won a wealth of honours, including two Premier League titles.

No one at Chelsea would forget how he led the team to Europa League glory after scoring two goals against Arsenal in the final in his last appearance for the club in 2019.

Interestingly, Hazard admitted that it was not Chelsea that caught his attention as a boy but rather their rivals.

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“When I was little the team I watched the most was the French national team. For me, the players I looked up to were Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry,” he told On The Front Foot magazine.

“It’s difficult for me to admit because of my relationship with Chelsea, but I really liked the Arsenal team at the time.

“They had players like Robert Pires, [Sylvain] Wiltord and [Patrick] Vieira, so it was mainly French players that I followed growing up.”

Arsenal's Robert Pires (C) keeps the bal
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Chronicle view

To be fair, those French superstars in the old Arsenal side were very enjoyable to watch.

On the other hand, the majority of former French players in the old Chelsea side were defensive players such as Frank Leboeuf, Marcel Desailly, and Claude Makelele.

These players might have not been as captivating as, let’s say, Henry or Pires was on the pitch, but they arguably redefined the art of defending in the Premier League.

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