Arsenal can confirm that Alexander Hleb has signed for Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.
Hleb (27) signed for Arsenal from German side VfB Stuttgart in June 2005 and made a total of 129 appearances during his time with the Club, scoring 11 goals. Last season, the Belarusian international was a regular in the team, making 42 first team appearances in all competitions.
Hleb became the first Belarusian to appear in a UEFA Champions League Final when the Club played Barcelona in the 2006 Paris final. Alex was also voted Belarusian footballer of the year in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006, as well as Belarusian Sportsman of the Year in 2002.
On Hleb’s departure, Arsène 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.”
Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Alex the best of luck for the future.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 16 Jul 2008