But the Hleb saga still continues and there has been news this week that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan are all interested in the Belarussian. It could be good news for Arsenal if we can prise away a Chivu, Robinho or Eto'o out of the interest. At the end of the day, if a player is not interested in staying, then Arsene normally lets them go.
His agent is quite an annoyingly crappy chappy and is really trying his hardest to rock all boats. He could probably get a lot more work from a whole heap of Eastern European players if he can move players to big clubs, albeit Arsenal is one of the biggest in the world.
He's been flirting dirtyly and heavily with Real Madrid and recently said:
“For any player in the world it is always a great honour that a club like Real Madrid is interested in him.”
“This confirms the good work that Hleb has been doing in these last few years that he is being recognised by one of the greatest clubs in the world.
“Nobody should have any doubts that the interest from Madrid is a privilege for the player.”
So, what do I think about this? Well, I think it’s a disgrace. Us fans have stood by the mercurial talent through thick and thin. When against Blackburn last season, he was one of the worst players I’ve ever seen in an Arsenal shirt, we backed him, sang for him (the famous Hleb Hleb song) and his form returned.
We’ve watched him miss open goals, pass when he should shoot, and stood by him throughout his terrible goal and assist record in his three seasons with the club. Yes, he’s a good player, but his impact in the premiership isn’t at the level needed – but we have faith in his ability and potential.
And how does he repay us? With this. Where is loyalty in football gone? Does he want more money? Isn’t £60k a week enough, that means that he has earnt approx £10 million since he’s been with us.
Start of rant…
Arsene, I plea, get rid of him now, he doesn’t want to stay. If you can bring in a good replacement, of course. Whether that is Nasri or Ben Arfa, or both, if you can find someone who you think will do the job, bring him in and let Mr Hleb get out whilst we can get some money for him.
[Update: Hleb is leaving...]]]>