Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has revealed that he misses playing for the Gunners, almost seven years after swapping the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona.
The Belarus international enjoyed three years in north London between 2005 and 2008, establishing himself as an important part of Arsene Wenger's side, before quitting the Premier League giants for Camp Nou.
However, the 33-year-old managed just one season in La Liga before taking in loan spells with Stuttgart, Birmingham City and Wolfsburg.
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Now playing in Turkey, Hleb looks back fondly on his time spent with Arsenal, and reflects on that period as among the most enjoyable of his career, praising the team spirit and fantastic group of players he had the fortune of working with.
"I had a great time at Arsenal," reflected the Genclerbirligi ace in an interview with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. "We had a great team spirit and were a fantastic team before I left for Barcelona, I miss those days."
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Hleb will probably look back and regret his decision to quit the Gunners when he did, particularly as his career has fallen by the wayside ever since.
He spent the majority of his time with Barca warming the bench - managing just seven appearances in all competitions - and now finds himself struggling to get a game in the Super Lig with Mesut Bakkal's side.
Mikel Arteta makes Arsenal promise
Mikel Arteta has promised Arsene Wenger he will sign a new £70,000-a-week contract with Arsenal and is prepared to end his career at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spanish midfielder has not played for the Gunners since November after suffering a calf injury against Borussia Dortmund, but is set to extend his current deal which expires at the end of the season by a further 12 months.
Diaby set for pay-as-you-play deal
Meanwhile, another midfielder that is set to pen an extension in north London is Abou Diaby, with Arsene Wenger ready to hand the permanently crocked Frenchman a pay-as-you-play contract.
The 28-year-old has endured another injury-ravaged campaign at the Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal don't want to give up on the player yet, despite the fact his current deal expires at the end of the season.
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