Hleb: I should never have left Arsenal

11 September 2010 11:30
Alexander Hleb regrets his decision to leave Arsenal for Barcelona and now wants to take his chance back in the Premier League with Birmingham.

Hleb transferred from the Gunners to the Barca two years ago, but struggled to make an impact with the Catalans and now concedes he made a mistake in ever leaving the Emirates.

He said: "Of course it is my fault I left Arsenal but this has happened.

"Not a lot of players say no to Barcelona but if I had known before what would happen of course I wouldn't have gone.

"I won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 but I didn't play a lot. I lost a bit of my form and confidence."

Hleb turned down offers from elsewhere to move to St Andrews, and the 29-year-old is confident he made the right decision.

He said: "I made a decision to come to Birmingham.

"I decided for one year to come back to the Premier League where I am very happy and want to take this chance."

Meanwhile, Hleb opted against adding fuel to speculation over a possible future move for former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas to Barca.

He added: "Cesc plays fantastically at Arsenal and is a leader and an important player.

"It is his decision if he wants to stay or leave."

Source: Team_Talk