Hleb: I regret leaving Arsenal for Barca

A mixed bag of tabloid tales greet those interested this morning my fellow Wengerites but the reserves’ 3-2 win at Lincoln City last night seems to have escaped mass coverage for some reason!

For the record, goals from Gilles Sunu, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Luke Ayling’s last-gasp winner were enough to see off the Imps at Sincil Bank.
But to matters Fleet Street and the Daily Mail provides a cornflake-spluttering start to proceedings telling us that Alex Hleb regrets his switch to become a Barca bench-warmer and admits he should never have left the glorious Gunners. He whines: ‘I regret my move from London, but unfortunately nothing can be done about it now. For me, Arsene Wenger was like a father. I consider him one of the best managers in the world. For such a boss one wants to die on the pitch. Arsene managed to create a smashing team with a wonderful atmosphere inside of it. I have no doubts that if Arsenal had the same budget as Barcelona, the Gunners would be among the three best clubs on the planet.’
Hmm. Not sure if some of this has been lost in translation because no matter how hard I try, I just can’t see old Hleby using the word ‘smashing’ can you? Still on the right of the papers (politically), the Mail has an interview with George Graham in which our former (disgraced*) leader informs us that we have no hope of winning the title this time around, citing the departure of the lanky lucre-chaser as chief reason in his argument.  He adds: ‘Look at Arsenal’s forward line. You have players of the quality of Van Persie, Walcott and Eduardo but they have had injury problems year after year. They also have Bendtner and it doesn’t look to me as if they are going to be challenging for the title next season.’ Cheers then, George.
The same organ carries an intriguing tale of alleged fraud surrounding our signing of Eduardo but panic not, the skulduggery doesn’t involve our manager (unlike the Graham era). It reports: ‘The uncle of Eduardo’s wife will be prosecuted for attempted fraud after trying to claim a £1million cut of the Croatia striker’s transfer to Arsenal. Miljenko Radivojevic, 48, saw his claim to the money dismissed by a court in Zagreb and will himself be prosecuted for allegedly forging an agreement he claimed to have with the Brazil-born player. Eduardo, 26, is also said to be pursuing Radivojevic for alleged deception.’ Mate, if you are short of a few bob I hear that Togo player, whatsisname, has come into a bit of loose change.
Meanwhile, a heart-warming tale from the Sun on how Tomas Rosicky plans to repay Arsenal for standing by him during his 18-month ‘injury hell’. He told the paper: ‘I want to give the club back a substantial amount of what they have invested in me in the past. I haven’t lost my touch with the ball. The same goes for stamina and one-on-one situations. Everything won’t be 100 per cent straight away. But I believe my form will return in time.’ Nice one, Tommy boy. More tabloid tales on their way…
*He managed T********.

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