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Hleb In Bizzare 'I Want To Leave' Claim

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!!!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday July 8 2008
Time: 1:19AM


Everybody thats ever watched Hleb play know he doesn't ******* shot! Why do players ALWAYS go to the press with their problems?
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!!!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
08/07/2008 02:04:00
I've actually changed the words a little bit ... "rant" was a little bit strong.
08/07/2008 02:06:00
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