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Ex-Arsenal chief Law admits they bottled deals for Hazard, Courtois

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Former Arsenal transfers chief Dick Law has revealed Chelsea beat them to Belgian pair Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

Hazard and Courtois are now together at Real Madrid.



Certainly.



I remember sitting in meetings with Steve [Rowley], Ivan [Gazidis] and Arsene [Wenger] and gnashing our teeth over Thibaut Courtois.

Courtois made the move to England in 2011 from Genk, while Hazard joined a year later in a big-money move from Lille.

Our closest competitor other than Chelsea was Manchester United and they had enough free cash that they could afford to make mistakes.

But there was a sense of responsibility and running the club prudently, all the time knowing that every £1 we spent we had to act as if it was our money.
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