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Bendtner I always knew Arteta would be a manager

Arteta and Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner always believed that Mikel Arteta would turn to management.

Having played with the Spaniard between 2011 and 2014, it didn’t take long for him to realise his potential.

“It’s just his whole persona,” Bendtner told our ‘In Lockdown’ podcast. “The way he always tried to improve not just himself, but everyone around him; the young players and the senior players.

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“The way he carried himself and just his personality in general, you just knew that he would be a manager one day. Already now the stuff he is doing with Arsenal, you can see him trying to put his own footprints on the team and doing it his way.

“I really hope that he will be successful because I would love to see Arsenal go back in among trophies. He always had great managerial potential.”

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Hleb I still don't understand why I left Arsenal

Alex Hleb

On July 16, 2008, Alex Hleb left Arsenal and joined Barcelona - a move he now admits was a mistake. 

Speaking exclusively to our 'In Lockdown' podcast, our former winger explains how he came to leave north London.
 
"Many years later and I still think about it," Hleb said. "I don't understand. To this day I still don't understand what happened or why I made the decision. 

 
"Of course, Barcelona in that moment was the best team in the world but I was really happy at Arsenal at the time. I had friends, I enjoyed the coach, I was playing for one of the best teams, the fans, the stadium, everything! The fantastic championship, the Premier League, everything!
 
"Why I left, I don't understand. Barca, of course, were the best team at the time and everybody wants something to try but really I was 100 per cent happy at Arsenal.
 
"I cried when I talked to Arsene. We talked in the holiday before I left and he told me he wanted to keep me and I was important. I cried. I didn't know what to do in that moment. 
 

Alex Hleb

"Of course, Barca is a fantastic team. I won titles and everything but I didn't play as much as I did at Arsenal. This is only my mistake because at the time, a lot of things happened in my private life. I started very nervously [at Barcelona]. Always aggressive. It was only my mistake. 
 
"This is not a situation where Guardiola didn't trust me or something like that. No, this is only my mistake. At Arsenal I was happy, you know? When you're happy in the team, you need to stay. 
 
“Of course [I still think about my career]. When you're young you think you have so many years but it's really like one moment. It's really quick. My children now ask me about [my career] and you explain your emotions and it's nice, it's very nice.”

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