The rumours surrounding Hleb leaving Arsenal have been around since the end of last season. His future is still unclear and needs to be sorted before pre-season begins, which is just around the corner.
The interest of his preferred destination, Inter Milan, has cooled after Jose Mourinho took charge. The club who he may leave for seems to be Barcelona, who appear to have made a solid bid for the player.
So much for the quiet life eh Alex!?
Arsenal are making Barca sweat at the moment and won't begin to negotiate with them until Le-Boss gets back from his Euro 2008 media work.
Wenger wants to keep Hleb, and you could understand why, he is a great player. However do we want a player who quite clearly wants to leave?
All summer we've had the media speculation about his future, mainly coming from his agent. Sure all agents do it, but if Hleb wanted to stay he could have put a stop to it by simply saying he was staying and by signing a new contract.
His silence on the matter says it all.
His last statement projected his love for Wenger and Arsenal, I feel this was just an act to try to butter us Gooners up for his departure.
If Wenger gets his wish and Hleb stays at Arsenal, could you forgive Alex for the emotional roller-coaster he has put us through this summer? I couldn't. I like him as a player but he doesn't want to be at Arsenal, that is clear.
He wants all the ice-cream and money that he can get, and Arsenal haven't got enough cones and coins to keep him. He's had his head turned and I don't want him at Arsenal while his head is clearly somewhere else.
I can't forgive him for what has happened this summer. He had the power to stop all the bullshit that his agent spouted, he didn't. His agent works for him, if he fancied a change of scenery why not go about it in a dignified way? Why do it the way he did?
If he simply said that he fancied a new challenge and a new country I would have been disappointed, but would have accepted it. But he didn't.
He has tainted himself now, I don't want to see him in an Arsenal shirt again. I can't forgive him, as much as I couldn't forgive cAshley Cole. For me Alex is in the same mould as Cole now.
Keep it Goonerish.............