Football FanCast guest columnist, Joe Burns, is delighted to see Hleb squirming and full of regret for leaving Arsenal.
I am certain that I wasn't the only Arsenal fan who had a little chuckle to himself when reading Alex Hleb talking of his regret of leaving North London – of course the Belarusian wouldn't have been the first and certainly won't have been the last.
History has proven that leaving the Emirates is the boldest of moves and very few have gone on to succeed. For every Champions League success for the likes of Silvinho and Henry, there is a list as long as your arm of players who left us for so called bigger and better things – Reyes, Anelka and Flamini are just a few of many and I'm sure we won't have to wait long before Adebayor starts showing discontent about life at City.
Hleb said of Arsenal:
"I regret my move from London, but unfortunately nothing can be done about it now,
"For me, Wenger was like a father. I consider him one of the best managers in the world,
"For such a boss one wants to die on the pitch. Arsene managed to create a smashing team with a wonderful atmosphere inside of it." (Daily Mail)
I am sure what makes this taste, all the more, sweeter is the sheer disdain in which Hleb showed for our football club. Who can forget this man's that reported moonlight flick in an ice cream parlour on the eve of our game against Milan at the San Siro in order to speak with Inter representatives about a possible move. The guy is so full of his self importance and even after he left he has to continually pass judgment on us throughout the course of last season. He even attempted to unsettle our ranks by talking up moves for Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona; an unforgiveable act and the one thing that left the sourest of tastes.
So Mr Hleb you are back to where you started from. After a season on the bench you are in danger of becoming one of football's forgotten men and falling down the slippery slope that will see you picked up by some Europa League also ran in England, Italy or Spain. I have to confess that your plight actually warms me inside and feel its justice for the lack of respect and swipes you have taken at my football club. In many ways we always knew you were going to fail as we have seen many of your types fall from grace on leaving the Emirates.
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