Former Arsenal Wojciech Szczensy has been discussing former teammates and has gone as far as to say that ex-Gunners midfielder Alexander Hleb would have been a better player, if not for his thirst for alcohol.
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joined the Old Lady from Arsenal and, since, has become a vital part of the Bianconeri set-up – replacing PSG-bound Gianluigi Buffon competently and with little true recognition.
He spent little time with Alexander Hleb, but enough to know he was one of the best talents at the Emirates during his spell from 2005 – 2008.
Szczesny believes the Belarusian, who went on to play for Barcelona was held down by drinking costing him even more success
“Hleb? He could have achieved better goals in football. He had a great career but he liked to drink, he told Foot Truck.
‘He [Hleb] could have achieved more in football, he still had a great race ahead, but he liked to drink,’ the Polish goalkeeper told Foot Truck. Hleb admitted in 2014 that he should not have left the Emirates when he did: ‘Of course I regret leaving Arsenal,’
Hleb told the Guardian. ‘I was playing every week for one of the most exciting sides in Europe, a team which was always in the top four in the Premier League and were Champions League contenders.’