Hleb has gone, that pays for Nasri and makes some room

Arsenal and Barcelona have confirmed that Alex Hleb has signed for Barca for a fee around £11.8 million. This covers Nasri’s fee so we are looking good financially this summer. Just need one or two more signings and we should be confident about next season.

Hleb had a medical for Barca at about 7 pm last night and the transfer was then announced.

Wenger was gracious and confident about Alex’s departure:

“We must firstly thank Alex for his contribution towards Arsenal Football Club during his time with us. Alex played a significant role in the three seasons he was with the Club. We are comfortable with our decision to let him go and we are all looking forward to continuing our preparations for the new season ahead.”

A positive comment, he sounds calm enough about Hleb leaving. I said before that lack of goals from midfield was a major problem for us last season, and although Hleb is good, he isn’t irreplaceable, and he didn’t contribute goals.

We now have Nasri to take his position and we will probably sign another midfielder if Gilberto leaves. The other good thing is that now Barca and Milan (Ronaldinho) have spent their cash we don’t need to worry so much about losing Adebayor, who although unpopular, is a key goalscorer for us.

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4 thoughts on “Hleb has gone, that pays for Nasri and makes some room

  1. Lozy

    It’s a good point about Adebayor, we do need to keep him at the club. As for Hleb, I’m dissapointed to see him go as he is a great technical player, but as mentioned, he was not a good goal scorer. When you look at the stats, Hleb made 129 appearances scoring only 11 goals.

    I wish him all the best at Barca and I just hope Nasri can prove to be a good signing for Arsenal – I’m sure he will!

  2. McM

    So how does a player like Ade now fit back into our game plan? I hope he wont turn out to be like Benni McCarthy who after being tapped by Mourinho (when at chelsea) just became too big headed and did not fit in the team again.
    Hleb was good but Nasri will be better.
    We need one defensive midfielder and and one Centre back.

  3. casicky

    Hleb gone SUPERB bleeding hell i had had it with all that dragging on,i dont think i can cope with Ade wearing the jersey anymore it will be jus a job and no love for it at that….

    Berto will be missed as a person um not sure his game will be though he had jus become a downgrade of the Flamster…

    one more signing will do,,if we get two BRILL…..

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