Arsene Wenger: 'Eden Hazard failed to deliver at World Cup'

Eden Hazard of Belgium controls the ball as DeAndre Yedlin of the United States gives chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match on July 1, 2014
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Eden Hazard was not mentally ready for the World Cup after failing to impress for Belgium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Belgium's Eden Hazard failed to recreate his Chelsea form at the World Cup this summer.

The 23-year-old was unable to help his nation go beyond the quarter-finals in Brazil following a 1-0 defeat to Argentina.

Wenger has not questioned Hazard's quality, but believes that the playmaker was not mentally prepared for the demands of a World Cup campaign.

"He did not play as well as I know he could," Wenger told beIN Sport.

"In the Premier League he is an exceptional player and he is a fantastic player who makes things happen and I always had the idea that with Eden Hazard, nothing affects him.

"In the big games he is great but in this tournament, when Belgium really needed him, he could not really deliver and I believe it's mental."

Hazard was linked with a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but the midfielder has publicly stated that he plans to stay at Stamford Bridge.

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