Wenger says Real Madrid haven’t seen the real Eden Hazard yet, won’t replace Ronaldo
The former Arsenal manager watched the Belgian many times while he was at Chelsea, and he thinks he has a big part to play in Madrid’s season.
Hazard registered his first La Liga goal and assist in Madrid’s last game before the international break, a 4-2 win over Granada which kept Zinedine Zidane’s side top of the Spanish table.
Despite their lofty position, Madrid have already faltered this campaign and are yet to discover their best form.
“He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo, that is for sure,” Wenger told beIN Sports when asked about Hazard. “He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football.
“They need another goalscorer at Real Madrid because [Karim] Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well.
“Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to in the big games.
“He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be. That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard.”
Hazard’s pre-season preparations were disrupted by a hamstring injury, but he is now working his way back to full match sharpness and will be expecting to kick on after his first goal in Madrid white.
The 28-year-old has now made six appearances since his summer move from Chelsea, after making his debut in September’s 3-2 win over Levante.
He has only played 90 minutes twice so far, but did start in Belgium’s 9-0 thrashing of San Marino on Thursday night which confirmed their qualification for Euro 2020.