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Hleb signs for Barcelona

Hleb signs for Barcelona

The transfer of Alex Hleb to Barcelona has been officially confirmed on the Arsenal web site. Having completed a medical this afternoon he has signed, according to information on the Barcelona site, a 3 year contract.

Wenger said: "We must firstly thank Alex for his contribution towards Arsenal Football Club during his time with us. Alex played a significant role in the three seasons he was with the Club. We are comfortable with our decision to let him go and we are all looking forward to continuing our preparations for the new season ahead."

The 27 year old Belarusian played 129 times for the club scoring 11 goals in the 3 seasons since he joined in June 2005. Though the fee is 'undisclosed` it is reported to be in the order of €15m (£12m) which has a certain symmetry with the €15m supposedly paid for him in 2005 though exchange rates at the time would have then been the equivalent of £10.3m.

Hleb was a player who frustrated some at the same time as he entertained others but it is impossible not to acknowledge his great skill with the ball and his creativity. The annals will perhaps record him as a very talented player who didn`t stay long enough to earn a greater place in the clubs history.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Wednesday July 16 2008
Time: 9:32PM

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Very skilled to say the least but just wouldnt shoot when he had the chance to. Wish him the best as long as it is not against Arsenal. Gilberto leaving is the real Arsenal story, sad about that! God Bless Him!!!
Paulsito
16/07/2008 21:42:00
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cant say im gonna miss him much. played well for us last season. good luck to him.. on to bigger and better things for us now!
Unwell
16/07/2008 21:44:00
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hleb was a ninja - the team wont miss him too much, but he will do excellent in Spain
bootoo
16/07/2008 22:03:00
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Can't say i'm actually that bothered about this. His skill was unquestionable, but his failure to deliver sadly overtook that. 11 goals and 10 assists in 3 years is just not good enough.
MrArsenal
16/07/2008 22:28:00
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Thanks. Bye. Good luck. OK the polite bit's over and done with: I can't wait to see Samir.
Lou the Gunneress
16/07/2008 23:34:00
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Dont think Nasri is as good as Hleb yet. But will be in a few years time!
Adilson
16/07/2008 23:52:00
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If he scores more than 2 league goals and 3 assists he will be better.
MrArsenal
16/07/2008 23:56:00
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the curse of Arsenal shall be upon him. :P
Thing
16/07/2008 23:57:00
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I will miss Hleb. On Pro Evo, this boy is simply unstoppable. He's way better in the game than in real life, a bit like Dyer was actually. I hope now we've sold a few players, we will see some experience coming. So far nasri and ramsey, both very talented but still young and we have too many youngsters and not enough old heads. Last year's team lacked experience and etwe've sold hleb, nasri, gilberto, 3 experienced players...
Gael-Force
17/07/2008 00:22:00
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I think Hleb's game is better suited to la liga anyway.. he'll get kicked less often. But i can't wait to see the barca fans' mugs when they see that this man refuses to shoot because he has not got a decent shot.
Gael-Force
17/07/2008 00:24:00
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