Date: 16th July 2008 at 9:33pm
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The transfer of Alex Hleb to Barcelona has been officially confirmed on the Arsenal web site. Having completed a medical this afternoon he has signed, according to information on the Barcelona site, a 3 year contract.

Wenger said: “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.”

The 27 year old Belarusian played 129 times for the club scoring 11 goals in the 3 seasons since he joined in June 2005. Though the fee is ‘undisclosed` it is reported to be in the order of ?15m (£12m) which has a certain symmetry with the ?15m supposedly paid for him in 2005 though exchange rates at the time would have then been the equivalent of £10.3m.

Hleb was a player who frustrated some at the same time as he entertained others but it is impossible not to acknowledge his great skill with the ball and his creativity. The annals will perhaps record him as a very talented player who didn`t stay long enough to earn a greater place in the clubs history.



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