Alexander Hleb has admitted that his move away from Arsenal to Barcelona was a mistake.
The Belarusian was one of the fan favourites at Arsenal when he played for the club between 2005 and 2008.
He helped the Gunners to reach the final of the Champions League in 2006 and that Arsenal team was on the cusp of greatness.
However, in the summer of 2008, he received an offer from Barcelona and he decided to leave the Emirates and made the move to Catalunya.
His first season in the Spanish side was a successful one as he won the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup.
But he wasn’t as happy as he was at Arsenal and injury rocked his time in the Catalan side.
He has now opened up on that move and he told Arsenal via the Lockdown Podcast that he still cannot explain why he left the Gunners to join Barcelona, although he admitted that the Spanish side was the best team in the world at the time.
He said: “Many years later and I still think about it.
“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 [Wenger]. 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.”