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Hazard: Arsenal match has extra weight

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been enjoying his second season in London and there are rumours building that the Belgian International could win the highest individual prize in football.

Eden Hazard hopes Premier League leaders Chelsea can make amends for the loss at Aston Villa in Saturday's London derby with fellow title hopefuls Arsenal.

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Eden Hazard and Chelsea are under pressure to beat Arsenal after their loss at Villa Park.

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The Blues responded to the controversial Villa Park defeat with a 2-0 victory over Galatasaray on Tuesday night, securing the 2012 Champions League winners a 3-1 last-16 aggregate win and a place in Friday's quarterfinal draw.

Immediate attention returns to the Premier League and Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game as Arsenal boss, against his long-time managerial adversary Jose Mourinho.

Wenger, branded a "specialist in failure" by Mourinho last month, has never beaten the Portuguese in 10 meetings, a streak Hazard hopes will continue at Stamford Bridge.

"The Champions League and the Premier League are both magnificent competitions," Hazard told Chelsea's official site. "The Champions League is rare because you play less often but the Premier League is so important to us and we know how important it is for the fans too.

"The game against Arsenal comes at an important moment because it follows a league defeat. We are going to do our best in front of our own supporters in what is a big derby game. There is no better one to win."

Midfielder Frank Lampard praised the impact of Mourinho for re-establishing the Blues among Europe's elite, before warning there was still plenty to do to claim silverware this term.

"He's the best manager in the world," Lampard said. "You can see the difference this year in the league and the Champions League. The team's strong. He drives the team and he wants to win.

"It's good, but we need to carry on. We haven't won anything yet."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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