I was a pleb, admits Hleb
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