Former Emirates man knows he made a mistake by leaving the north London side.
Alexander Hleb’s medals are in Minsk, his ambitions lie in Birmingham City but his heart remains firmly in north London.
Two years away from Arsenal have done nothing to dim the feeling which he continues to have for his former club.
Fittingly, it was an old friend from the Emirates who was first on the phone to welcome the winger from Belarus back to the Premier League.
Cesc Fabregas might have headed to Barcelona in the summer. And his first sight would have been Hleb battering down the door of the Nou Camp to get away.
The pair meet face to face next month for a reunion which Hleb is already thinking about, even if his more immediate concern is whether he can shake off an ankle injury and make his debut against Liverpool on Sunday.
There is no question over how Hleb views his £15million move to Barcelona despite the Champions League winners’ medal which cosies up to the Arsenal runners-up gong at his mother’s house.
‘Not a lot of players say no to Barcelona,’ he admitted. ‘But if I’d known what was going to happen I would have said no. It was my fault I left Arsenal. Yes, I won the Champions League but I didn’t play a lot and I lost my form and I lost a bit of my confidence. (Daily Mail)
This must be the 100th time that Alexander Hleb apologises and cries over his leaving the Emirates for Barcelona and every time he does so he looks that little bit more tragic. The Belarus international upset many of his former supporters as he pushed for a move to join the Catalan giants but most people could have guessed how it would end for the talented attacking midfielder.
In just over two years in La Liga Hleb has managed just five domestic starts and is not likely to make that number six as he now finds himself at Birmingham City looking to reignite a career that was going stagnant at the Nou Camp.
His honesty may be refreshing but clearly Alexander has no one else to blame but himself, its time he moved on as Arsene Wenger and Gunners supporters clearly have done so.