Former Arsenal played, Alexander Hleb has warned current stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez that they would regret leaving the club (via Planet Football).
It’s something which Alexander Hleb will know better than almost anyone else.
The Belarusian midfielder left Arsenal for FC Barcelona back in 2008 at the height of his time at the Emirates. After that, the winger’s career went downhill and he has admitted in the past that he seriously regrets leaving North London.
Now, the man who made 129 appearances for the Gunners has explained why he left the club and warned Arsenal’s wantaway stars that most players who leave the club tend to regret it.
“It’s still difficult for me to explain why I left Arsenal,” Hleb says. “I was absolutely happy there. Arsene completely trusted me, it was idyllic. And then I decided to leave.
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“When Arsene said that it was a matter of hours, I felt devastated. It was really hard for me to accept that. Wenger did everything to make me stay at Arsenal.
“He even texted me as I was fishing. ‘Alex, I won’t let you go, we need you here.’ I cried when I read it.”
“Wenger is like a father to me. It was really easy to work with him, you always felt his support.
“Arsene truly feels his players. He says exactly what a player needs to hear. I think there are very few guys who might say that they haven’t enjoyed working with him.
“Everyone felt like they would get a chance and I think most players who left ultimately regretted it.”
It’s an interesting interview with Alexander Hleb and gives a good insight into what former players think of both the club and of Arsene Wenger. However, it’s too early to say whether there is any truth in his words.