Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb sings the praises of Arsene Wenger after revealing how talks with former boss left him feeling like he had ‘grown wings on my back’
- Alexander Hleb spent three years at Arsenal before moving to Barcelona
- The former Belarius international later stated he regretted the move to Spain
- But in a documentary the former midfielder revealed Arsene Wenger’s genius
Hleb spent three years at Arsenal and dazzled with his creativity and infuriated fans with his composure in front of goal in equal measure, scoring just 11 goals in 131 appearances.
Alexander Hleb has revealed how Arsene Wenger left him feeling like he had grown wings
The best part of Hleb’s career came during a three-year spell at Arsenal under Wenger
But speaking in a documentary on his own career, Hleb revealed that it was Wenger who ensured he put early doubts about his Arsenal career behind him.
‘It’s hard for me to imagine Arsenal without Wenger because to me Wenger is Arsenal and Arsenal is Wenger,’ Hleb said.
‘When Wenger was signing me he just wanted me to adapt as quickly as possible and to have fun with the game, to do whatever it takes for the team, for results. I felt his support.
‘Once I got injured, spent two months off the field, and it was hard to regain the flow, so I started having doubts about possibly returning to Germany.
Hleb eventually departed for Barcelona in 2008 but later said he regretted the move
‘He just told me a couple of words which ended up having such a strong impact on me, I felt like I’d grown wings on my back. I was overwhelmed with emotions, eagerness, desire to live up to expectations.’
Reflecting on his time at Arsenal between 2005 and 2008, Hleb added: ‘We played beautifully. It’s a shame we didn’t take a single title, but the enjoyment we had was unparalleled.
‘Relationships within the team were great. I woke up every morning and felt awesome because I was doing my thing.
‘I loved every aspect – seeing the faces of my partners, my friends during training sessions. It was unforgettable.’
And the Belarussian has said talks with Wenger early in his Arsenal days gave him confidence