Alexander Hleb - Reuters
CAIRO- 28 September 2017: Arsenal’s ex-midfielder, Alexander Hleb, revealed that Alexandre Lacazette signing will not add a great value to the team, according to The Independent.
“The signings that did come through are good, like Alexandre Lacazette, but I can’t say that’s a fantastic signing. I am a fan of Giroud and I don’t think Lacazette is better than him. I think the two are on the same level,” Hleb told The Independent on Thursday.
Hleb added, “Football is a crazy world now. The market is crazy, there is just so much money involved. Arsenal would have wanted to sign more players but it’s too difficult to compete with the likes of Manchester City and PSG.”
Hleb joined Arsenal in 2005 from German club, Stuttgart, and since then he became a regular player in Arsene Wenger’s plans before leaving to Barcelona in 2008.
Hleb will have mixed feelings on Thursday night as Arsenal meets Hleb’s childhood club in Europa League in Belarus.
“I am neutral for this game. Arsenal are truly in my heart and Bate Borisov is where I began to develop and play internationally for the youth teams, which is how I was scouted for my move to Stuttgart,” Hled told The Independent about the game.
Arsenal plays in Group H in Europa League alongside FC Koln, Red Star Belgrade and Bate Borisov.