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Hleb In Bizzare 'I Want To Leave' Claim

Alex Hleb has all but sealed his fate as an ex-Gooner.

Hleb wanting to leave Arsenal is one of the worst kept secrets in football, but now the tricky winger has finally broken the silence and admitted he would like to move to Barcelona.

The Belarusian's reasons for leaving appears to be playing position related rather than for fiscal gain as seems to be with Adebayor.

Hleb claimed "My view of how I should be playing didn`t coincide with the manager`s. I told him last season I wanted to leave and think he was quite upset about it.'

"But ask him. It may turn out he`s happy to see me go. I don`t know where I`ll be next season but I`d prefer Barcelona.'

"It is being negotiated and, hopefully, will be decided soon."

Then in a bizarre comical claim aimed at Fabregas the winger said,

"When we get scoring opportunities, Fabregas is much more selfish than me. Given a chance to shoot, he always goes for it — unlike me."

Yes Al .... and don't we f***ing know it!!!

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 8 2008

Time: 1:19AM

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Everybody thats ever watched Hleb play know he doesn't ******* shot! Why do players ALWAYS go to the press with their problems?
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08/07/2008 01:25:00

What I find funny is that Hleb is basically calling Cesc greedy for shooting in a scoring opportuinty ..... there's a reason they're called "scoring opportunities" Al!!!
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08/07/2008 01:33:00

Hleb very much looks like a Barca man already - by washing his dirty laundry in public. And what's that disagreement with Arsene about? Did Arsene tell him he should shoot more and he didn't think so? Or did he think he should be playing as an AM / 2nd striker in the hole, and Arsene pushed him out wide most of the time? If it's about the position, haha, wish him good luck fighting for that role at Barca.
Lou the Gunneress
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08/07/2008 01:36:00

Hahah good point Rocky. I liked watching you play Hleb, even though it was frustrating at times. Even with these quotes I hope you do alright at Barca.
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08/07/2008 01:40:00

Rocky I thought it's awkward too when I saw the "selfish" bit. But I also think he's been told to "be more selfish in front of goal, shoot more". The guy doesn't speak perfect English and I actually think he meant well about Cesc. He probably just intended to say that Cesc was "much more able to be selfish than I am." There I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. But to speak about his favoured move to Barca and his own weaknesses publicly is unnecessary or disrespectful or stupid or all of the above.
Lou the Gunneress
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08/07/2008 01:41:00

I wouldn't take the quotes at face value, the part about not shooting has clearly been twisted to make it seem like he's having a dig at Cesc when he is simply saying that Cesc prefers to shoot and he prefers to Gooners we should surely be prepared for the fact that any words can be twisted to suit a wider agenda..these quotes really tell us nothing we didn't know
Anon 1
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08/07/2008 01:46:00

I just really hope it gets sorted out asap (i.e. Nasri to come in asap) and for good enough money to sign Nasri and say half a DM. Otherwise I really can't be bothered where Hleb's going now.
Lou the Gunneress
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08/07/2008 01:51:00

I thought that too ... but it's the "unlike me" part that made me think otherwise. You're probably right though ...... however I still think it's really funny.
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08/07/2008 01:52:00

And on the non-shooting note, I think it'd be even funnier to see the Barca fans throw all kinds of insults at him when he doesn't shoot at the Camp Nou. I can imagine some white handkerchiefs being waved like mad already. Good luck to him on trying to replace Deco hehe.. :P
Lou the Gunneress
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08/07/2008 02:04:00

I've actually changed the words a little bit ... "rant" was a little bit strong.
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08/07/2008 02:06:00

I kinda feel sorry for him .... he doesn't seem like the brightest fella in the world. Maybe he's never heard of these things called "goals" before ... lol
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08/07/2008 02:08:00

i can't believe Hleb really said all that. whom did he give this interview to? i can't believe he will say all this and have a pop at the manager and his close mate Cesc. there is certainly something true in these quotes, but i also feel some parts of it are fabricated. but whatever the scenario is now, despite being his biggest fan, i hope he really goes as soon as possible so we can sort out our team and start with pre-season in high spirits..
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08/07/2008 05:22:00

Really STUPID, CHILDISH words from Hleb if he infact said them! How can Fabregas be selfish when he had the most assists in the league last season??
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08/07/2008 07:18:00

That idiot **** Fabregas scoring a dozen goals because of shooting. Why can't he be more like Hleb and not score?
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08/07/2008 07:30:00

I think a 'slant' has been put on his words in order to sensationalise the story. He is not saying anything we don't already know. He prefers to play behind the striker, but he does not score enough goals to justify that position. I wish him luck in Barcelona because he will not be playing in that position there either and the Barca fans will not be as accepting of his short-comings. As for the selfish comment, given that English is his third language, I'm sure he did not mean it in a negative way. We all know that good goal scorers have to be a bit selfish in order to shoot when an opportunity arises, but given the number of assists Cesc also makes, no one can accuse him of going for personal glory and shooting when a pass would be a better option.
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08/07/2008 08:24:00

yes hleb, thats why hes scored 3 times the amount you scored last season, you dumb bellend
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08/07/2008 09:00:00

This seems as ridiculous as the Ljungberg quotes a while back... hopefully it's fabricated. How DARE Cesc shoot!!
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08/07/2008 09:11:00

I would reckon the 'selfish' bit is self critical more than any pop at Cesc. A very good player though - shame to see him go in many ways but there is always someone to take his place.
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08/07/2008 09:17:00

This is nothing. English is not even my first language, but even I can easily read this like the only problem is that Wenger uses Hleb slightly different from how Hleb himself feels he should play. But it is the same for Mozart. They were both nurtured in previous clubs in the "Dennis role", and with Wenger they are mainly wingers. For the rest he even ASKS us to ASK Wenger so that his comments are not misinterpretations (and we all know Wenger will say he would like to keep Hleb, but when a player wants to move... We have heard it all before). The unselfish-comment is Hleb praising Cesc and criticising HIMSELF. It is obvious. I, as always, BLAME The Sun. Good luck in Barcelona Hleb - I will in fact miss your dribbling, but not your (lack of) shooting :)
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08/07/2008 09:21:00

Hleb Jan 2008 "It honestly doesn't matter to me where I play, and I don't find it hard to adapt. I'm happy to play wherever I am needed, wherever Arsene Wenger sees a role for me."
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08/07/2008 09:24:00

He's given us good service over the past 3 years, I've always rated Hleb highly and I am disappointed to see him go. Bring on Nasri :).
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08/07/2008 09:31:00

I wonder if he said this or the Sun made it up, it really is bizarre, and somehow unlike him. That last bit about Fabregas especially makes me think that he is being quoted out of context, some old quotes perhaps, that are linked together to give new meaning to his words. Or he's an idiot...
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08/07/2008 10:01:00

Smells like Journo nonsense to me! If true, what a *****! See you!
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08/07/2008 10:19:00

Interesting Amos, especially as he claims he said he wanted to leave because of it last year!!
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08/07/2008 10:20:00

Scientists have discovered a bizarre side effect of Ice Cream. Apparently it can have a disorientating effect leading people to become geographically unstable. This can lead to disenchantment with your place of habitat (yearning for quieter areas) along with a tendency to say something completely the opposite to what you were saying a few weeks earlier.
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08/07/2008 10:39:00

Looks like Arshavin wont be on his way to Arsenal. Little Lord Arsh wont leave for a penny less than 30mil euros. Andrei would also want around €4m a year net, which clubs would have to pay over three or four years, plus 40 percent tax.
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08/07/2008 10:54:00

Plus 12.8% Employers NI charge!
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08/07/2008 10:58:00

Firstly I would say the Hleb is a quality player, so I'm not just having a pop cos he's out the door. However, I do get the feeling that he would be quite happy playing on a pitch with no goals on it. We need someone from midfield to contribute 15 goals evry season. Cesc showed he might be able to. Nasri might. Hleb never will!
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08/07/2008 11:00:00

It's a shame because Hleb was one of my favorite players to watch, I don't think I've ever seen a player who can manipulate the ball like he can!!
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08/07/2008 11:05:00

I very much doubt that Hleb has said these words and would think this is mischief making on the part of the press again. Fabregas and Hleb are known to be good friends and Cesc was quoted as saying a few weeks ago that Hleb is an amazing player. Hleb also sang the praises of Arsene Wenger and there's hardly anyone that ever has a bad word to say about the boss. I think these are blatant lies.
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08/07/2008 11:17:00

Rather than lies, we can probably put this down to Hleb's ineffective command of the English language. He may have meant it as a compliment to Cesc, or being self-critical. In either case, I dont think we should turn on him for these quotes. After all, he needs some excuse to leave, and being played out of position sounds a lot better than the noisiness of London.
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08/07/2008 11:24:00

interesting take on this by arseblogger. he says apparantely these could be old comments which were picked upon by some moscow agency. and as such, there is nothing in the spanish press about Hleb for days now. so i dun really know what to make of these comments by Hleb. but if they aren't true, i expect him to come out and issue a denial..
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08/07/2008 11:25:00

This break-up of the 'fantastic four' in midfield is completely bewildering to me.... Flamini and Hleb both seem so happy when talked to about aresenal, both have good characters, yet have both abandoned the team. I wish this team would just stay together.
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08/07/2008 11:33:00

It now seems that these are indeed re-hashed quotes from an interview given to a Russian magazine almost two weeks ago. The full text of his answers gives a very different impression from the selected text of the Sun quotes - Quelle Surprise!
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08/07/2008 11:34:00

I agree I don't think that Hleb said those things about Cesc, certainly not in that context. But via his agent, he's said some pretty dumb things. Claiming that London is too noisy and then professing a preference for a move to Barcelona is idiotic at best. Meeting with Inter the night before a Champions' League game is damn near unforgivable. I loved Hleb as a player and grew weary defending him to the people who sit around me. However, he's not irreplaceable. Fabregas is the only player in our team I would really afford that terminology to.
Little Dutch
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08/07/2008 11:39:00

The Sun piece is a joke when put against the actual interview text. What is crazy is that it starts a journalistic version of chinese whispers with everyone trying to outdo the doomsday scenario. Hleb was in fact very complimentary of both Wenger and Cesc. You wouldn't believe it seeing media headlines this morning. Exactly the same nonsense resulted from the weekends NOTW piece.
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08/07/2008 11:48:00

Ouch! I cannot see him playing again for Arsenal after these quotes....even Ronaldo hasnt done anything this disrespectful yet!!!
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08/07/2008 12:33:00

In light of the fact that the media have once again played us for ****s, it still doesn't disguise the fact that Hleb's position at Arsenal is untennable. He can't play for us again. Despite that I will miss sitting gob open at some of the things he does ..... but will be happier to see a player who shoots from 5 yards out.
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08/07/2008 12:44:00

Again it's all about looking behind the words for the motives. Obviously he feels the move is'nt happening fast enough for him (or me) and when whining to his pimp was told 'OK you want this to move faster Alex? then theres two people you should have a pop at to guarantee the process speeding up!' Wenger and Fabregas are the two Arsenal lynchpins and you take a pop at either and you're guaranteed a swift exit. Cheers for everything Alex it was a pleasure watching your mazy dribbly thing with sod all end product. But in the immortal words of Kajagoogoo "You're too shot shy, hush hush, byesy bye".
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08/07/2008 13:07:00

Even though I want Hleb to go.... yet again the media have played certain people, for fools! He's come out & completely denied ever saying anything bad about Wenger or Cesc! When will people learn not to trust ANYTHING the papers & certain websites say! *sigh*
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08/07/2008 13:38:00

"Cesc [Fabregas] and I understand each other very well on the field. And it is very, very pleasurable for me to play with him. He's a very pleasant guy both in life and as a footballer. He is just more egoistic in goal-scoring opportunities, if he had a chance to score, he always used it, unlike me." His actual quotes read a little bit different than the above "When we get scoring opportunities, Fabregas is much more selfish than me". If anything he is saying that he fails to convert chances he should
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08/07/2008 14:13:00

"I am very grateful to Arsčne Wenger. He is the best coach in my career. And not just a coach. He is a very good man and intuitive psychologist. I very much appreciate his support. "I talked to him twice before the end of the season. It is also not that easy for me to leave this club, because it has become my home. I think he is upset, though it is better to ask him, maybe he is glad." Also not quite the same as the quotes in the sun. People need to understand that papers will twist words, or rearrange words to come up with a false story. After all, they only care about selling copies. How many people would of looked at the back page, read Hleb hits out at Fabregas and bought it to read it. From the Suns point of view, job done.
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08/07/2008 14:19:00

just get him out already! am tired of all this b/s!
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08/07/2008 14:38:00

Cheers for that paul. I was going to post that myself, seems like some mischievous translation than any real criticism of Wenger & Cesc. I didnt believe that Hleb had said those things, coz atleast he has appeared respectful about the club in public (letting his agent do the transfer talk). Media is filled with *****s.
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08/07/2008 14:45:00

The comments can be taken two ways. First things first, Hleb has never slaughtered the club. Dont get me wrong he hasn't exactly been showering it with praise recently either. But he wasn't calling Cesc greedy in a bad way he was merely describing the way he plays. Thats how I read it, but the usual hysterical over reaction from (unfortunatly) all too many gooners is to take the worst view. Don't you think with the press rehashing old stories ("wenger I have to sell for 17 years etc" Which he never said incidentally!) that there is enough negativity without taking comments, probably meant in a good way, badly????
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08/07/2008 16:14:00 Perfect article sums up the rubbish continually spouted by the press and the cretins writing for them.
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08/07/2008 16:52:00

Extraordinary that people would believe this nonsense. Hleb is a good friend of Cesc's, he'd never say such a thing. Hleb has in the past criticized his own failure to shoot in front of goal, this is just a repeat of that self-criticism. Hleb has always praised AW, his comments about playing out of position are just honest expressions of disappointment that he couldn't play where he wanted to. PLEASE everyone be leery of articles that are rush translations from non-English sources. The UK press is notorously unreliable with these translations, they twist things deliberately to make everyone look bad. Didn't we learn anything from the twisted mistranslation of Gallas' comments to France Football some time in March or April? The interview took place just before the England-France friendly and Gallas was asked if he had any friends in the England squad. He answered that his closest the only ones in the squad were the players from Chelsea, and that he wasn't friends with any of the others in the England squad. The English press twisted this into him saying he has no friends at Arsenal, his only friends are at Chelsea.
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08/07/2008 18:15:00

correction: "He answered that his closest the only ones in the squad were the players from Chelsea, and that he wasn't friends with any of the others in the England squad." -- should read "He answered that his closest friends in England are players from Chelsea, and that he wasn't friends with any of the others in the England squad."
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08/07/2008 18:17:00


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