Alexander Hleb has confessed that his move from Arsenal to Barcelona last year was a mistake he now regrets.
The 28-year-old confirmed he is unhappy in Catalonia despite his team’s successes in the Spainish league and Europe last season.
‘When you mostly sit on the bench, winning titles brings very little joy, while getting to the last eight of the Champions League with Arsenal was unforgettable,’ said the Belarus winger.
‘I regret my move from London, but unfortunately nothing can be done about it now.’
While Hleb feels he has been poorly treated by Nou Camp boss Pep Guardiola, he showered praise on former manager Arsene Wenger.
‘For me, Wenger was like a father. I consider him one of the best managers in the world.
‘For such a boss one wants to die on the pitch. Arsene managed to create a smashing team with a wonderful atmosphere inside of it.
‘I have no doubts that if Arsenal had the same budget as Barcelona, the Gunners would be among the three best clubs on the planet.’ (Daily Mail)
Alexander Hleb will get little sympathy from any Gunners fans after the way he jumped ship to move to Barcelona, everyone knew he would get lost amongst the oddles of talent at the Nou Camp but he went anyway and one of the major reasons he did so was to get a big fat pay hike, so he can cry all he wants now but he made his bed and now he will have to lie in it.
I used to be a big fan of the Belorussian and was always an admirer of his obvious ability and he did well when he was at Arsenal but then left as soon as a big team came in for him, regardless of the fact that it was Arsene Wenger who brought him to the attention of the world.
It doesn’t seem likely that Wenger will try to recapture the 28 year old because the club has quite a few talented individuals who play in his position so he better get used to warming the bench or try to get out whilst he is still a viable purchase.