I was a pleb, ad­mits Hleb

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FOR­MER Arse­nal mid­fielder Alexan­der Hleb ad­mits he re­grets leav­ing Arse­nal a year ago to join Barcelona.

The Be­laru­sian has since re­tur ned to for mer club Stuttgart af­ter fail­ing to pin down a first team place at the Nou Camp.

De­spite be­ing part of a squad that won the tre­ble last sea­son, he played lit­tle part in it, which has given the mid­fielder cause to rue ever de­part­ing Lon­don.

“Of course I re­gret leav­ing Arse­nal,” he said. “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.

“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 all­round game un­der him and I be­came more ro­bust phys­i­cally. 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.” – The Tele­graph

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