That noise you can hear Mr. Hleb is the sound of the smallest Violin playing a song, just for you!
Alexander Hleb admits he made a mistake in leaving Arsenal last summer.
The Belarus midfielder has returned to Stuttgart, four years after he left the Bundesliga side, on a year-long loan deal after a difficult season at Barcelona. Hleb rarely featured as the Catalans stormed to the treble and he believes he should never have left North London.
He told ESPN: “Of course I regret leaving Arsenal. I was playing every week for one of the most exciting sides in Europe, a team which was always in the top four in the Premier League and were Champions League contenders.”
He added: “Also, I was being guided by one of the best coaches in the world in Arsene Wenger. I owe him a great deal.
“I developed a better all-round game under him and I became more robust physically, learnt to look up more and play better passes and generally improved greatly as a team player. No player ever gets worse under Wenger. For me, leaving Arsenal was not a good move.
“A footballer only exists when he takes to the field and makes a proper contribution to the team and even though I was part of a Barca squad that was almost unstoppable, it was hard not to feel detached from all the happiness and celebration at the end.” (Daily Mirror)
Well it’s all well and good admitting you made a mistake now, but maybe you shouldn’t have left the club that made you what you are to join another side you were always going to struggle to get first team football at.
This is probably all a rather unsubtle ruse to try to get Arsene’e attention in the hopes that he could worm his way back into the Arsenal set-up, but that is doomed to fail.