‘I cried after I talked to Arsene’ – Hleb nonetheless would not perceive why he left Arsenal for Barcelona
The previous Belarus star received the treble with the Catalan facet, however he feels he ought to have stayed in north London
Former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb says it was a mistake to go away the membership for Barcelona.
Hleb joined the Gunners from Stuttgart in 2005 and spent three seasons in north London, making 130 appearances and reaching the Champions League last with the membership.
The previous attacking midfielder was not in a position to safe an everyday spot in Barca’s beginning XI as he featured simply 36 occasions for the Spanish giants and was loaned out to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Wolfsburg earlier than his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
Though the Camp Nou outfit received the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his first season on the membership, he admits it was not price leaving Arsenal, the place he felt actually completely satisfied.
“A few years later and I nonetheless give it some thought,” Hleb mentioned on Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast. “I do not perceive. To at the present time I nonetheless do not perceive what occurred or why I made the choice.
“After all, Barcelona in that second was the most effective group on the earth however I used to be actually completely satisfied at Arsenal on the time. I had buddies, I loved the coach, I used to be enjoying for among the finest groups, the followers, the stadium, every thing! The unbelievable championship, the Premier League, every thing!
“Why I left, I do not perceive. Barca, after all, have been the most effective group on the time and all people desires one thing to strive however actually I used to be 100 per cent completely satisfied at Arsenal.
“I cried after I talked to Arsene [Wenger]. We talked within the vacation earlier than I left and he advised me he needed to maintain me and I used to be vital. I cried. I did not know what to do in that second.
“After all, Barca is a unbelievable group. I received titles and every thing however I did not play as a lot as I did at Arsenal. That is solely my mistake as a result of on the time, lots of issues occurred in my personal life. I began very nervously [at Barcelona]. At all times aggressive. It was solely my mistake.
“This isn’t a scenario the place Guardiola did not belief me or one thing like that. No, that is solely my mistake. At Arsenal I used to be completely satisfied, you understand? Once you’re completely satisfied within the group, it’s essential keep.
“After all [I still think about my career]. Once you’re younger you suppose you may have so a few years nevertheless it’s actually like one second. It is actually fast. My kids now ask me about [my career] and also you clarify your feelings and it is good, it’s totally good.”
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