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Season not over quick enough for Hleb

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It looks like The Belarus international may have played his last for the club after he was handed a retrospective three-match suspension by the Football Association for petulantly slapping Reading captain Graeme Murty during last week's Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium, but speculation over his future does'nt look good.

Earlier this term it was reported former Stuttgart midfielder Hleb, 26, held secret talks with Inter while in the city ahead of Arsenal's Champions League game against rivals AC Milan at the San Siro.

Now Inter coach Roberto Mancini has confirmed their interest, declaring the Arsenal winger was one of the players they "would like to sign".

Such manoeuvres have not impressed Wenger,who has been accuesed of double standards by doing exactly the same thing in getting Cesc Fabregas to join Arsenal, when he was youngster was at Barcelona

Wenger declared: "We will not accept that between big clubs. If I want a player from Inter Milan, I call Inter Milan. The way they proceed is absolutely unacceptable. When asked about Fabregas in the passed Wenger dismissed such sugestions,as being a totaly different situation

"They can call us or we shall report them to FIFA. You never hear me talking about players who are under contract somewhere else. The Fabrigas thing was different because although he was on school boy forms, its ok to try and destablise youth players from another country, but not young players signed to teams from your own FA.

"If I want to buy someone, I call the chairman and I ask him if he is for sale."

Wenger added: "Some Italians (clubs) are the same, they use the agent to try and destabilise the player.

"It's not destabilising me at all - but I think, if they want to buy a player from us, they call me and accept the answer they get.

"I make the decisions, if a club wants to buy a player who is under contract, they contact me, I don't have to talk about that in the newspapers because if I did I would never finish."

Wenger, though, insists Hleb - who has impressed this season - is going nowhere.

"We want to try and keep the team together, I am quite stable on that front," insisted the Arsenal manager.

"[Under the new rules] A player can buy out his contract, but not Inter Milan. If Inter Milan wants to buy a player they have to call me."

One player whose future will lie away from the Emirates is Mathieu Flamini.

The French midfielder, currently sidelined by injury, is out of contract at the end of the season and will move to Juventus.

An offer is currently on the table from the Gunners and Wenger is keen for the situation to be resolved one way or another this month.

Wenger said: "The deadline is next week, the end of April.

"I beieve he wants to leave, we want him to stay.

"I respect our wages structure. We have made an offer which we think is ok and if it's not good enough, we will know soon."

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posted Apr 29, 2008

hleb is good but lacks the ability to score double digit goals. he would be a loss but if he goes, we need an effective winger who can score at least 15 goals a season. Lack of goals from the wide area is one of the weakness point of the team and wenger has to rectify that.

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posted Apr 30, 2008

Losing Flamini and Hleb will set us back years. We really need to raise the overall resilience and quality in the squad whilst BUILDING on the foundation we have. We always seem to suffer quite badly from injuries and fatigue because there's not that much behind the major players. Loads of 'potential' but few proven stand ins. Don't say it's not possible to have top drawer players on the bench as Liverpool and Chelsea have loads and that's the level we operate at. If we don't run out of steam midway through the season or are crippled through injury then we can be No1.

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posted Apr 30, 2008

If we lose Hleb and Flamini we are really going to be struggling next season. Both players have improved massively this season. Flamini puts in a real shift everytime he plays allowing Fabregas to cause havock. And I don't think its a coincidence that when Fabregas, Hleb, Rosicky all play together we look unstoppable with the movement and passing coming together.

Replacing Hleb with someone of equal ability on the ball is going to be a difficult task, Diego? Ben Arfa? Ribery? Quaresma? Van Der Vart? Replacing Flamini will be harder still. I don't think Denilson is ready and Gilberto's legs (and passing ability) have gone. Jens will be off in the summer, Eduardo is crocked long-term, Bendtner is still coming to terms with the prem, RVP and Rosicky have 2week injuries which always turn into 2-3months!

I don't want to be negative and some of the football this season has been unbelievable but I'm struggling to find optimism for next season. Help me people!!!

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posted May 2, 2008

Pity Inter never fell for Eboue instead... :(

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posted May 7, 2008

I would much rather someone like Lorik Cana to lead the midfield...we need some strength...and there has been rumours of him coming to Arsenal. And I second the comment about Eboue..he's ok but we need some real quality

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comment by rs (U1785882)

posted May 7, 2008

15 GOALS a season from a winger? only ronaldo scores that many, most wingers dont get into double figures.

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posted May 7, 2008

Would be a massive shame for Arsenal to lose Hleb, a much underrated but extremely effective player. But clubs really do need wingers to weigh in with goals to challenge for the title - another Pires anyone?

Most of the title-winning teams of the past 20 years have had wingers contributing 15 goals or so a season - Barnes, Kanchelskis, Giggs, Pires, Overmars. (desperately wanted to put down Perry Groves there, but couldnt!) Don't forget what a difference Robben made to Chelsea when he played. And Ronaldo obviously - the difference between Man U and the rest.

You've still got Theo.

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posted May 13, 2008

Hleb's public reputation is tarnished with the Arsenal fans due to his agent's big mouth. His best bet--if he wants to stay now--is to fire his agent and deny what his agent said. It looks like if he were really eager to move, he would have bought out his contract. Now it seems though even Intermilan want him, he'd rather keep his money and stay at Arsenal for another season.

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posted May 14, 2008

Arsene has made him from a half decent player to an exciting attacking midfielder. I personally think if the lad leaves all the best to him however he is replaceable.

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