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Arsene Wenger’s poster boy humiliates Unai Emery on Arsenal’s worst European night

We forgive you if you thought Alex Hleb had retired a long, long time ago

Hands up who thought Alex Hleb retired five years ago?

It just doesn’t seem logical that he’s still playing Europa League football in 2019.

I mean just his recent career path alone is enough to raise some serious question marks.


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What’s going on here then?

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What’s going on here then?

Remember him?

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Remember him?

Hleb, in many ways, perfectly embodies the second decade of Arsene Wenger’s enduring reign at Arsenal; pretty to watch but ultimately lacking bite and conviction.

So it was fitting that the Belorussian, in his FIFTH spell at BATE Borisov, was part of a side who humiliated the Gunners in Europe last night.

Unai Emery has been tasked with taking Arsenal into a new era, but he was ultimately haunted by a prominent figure from the previous one.

Twisting and turning

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Twisting and turning

Arsenal fans (*pretends to be shocked*) were giving it large on social media when Man United were taught a lesson by PSG earlier this week.

Fast forward less than 48 hours and their own players were succumbing to a side with a combined weekly wage bill nearly half that of Mesut Ozil alone.

Not everyone can master BATE on Valentine’s Day

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Not everyone can master BATE on Valentine’s Day

Arsenal and embarrassing European nights are a match made in heaven.

Think of all their public dressing downs by Bayern Munich under Wenger. That night against Monaco, too.

This, however, may take the biscuit given the nature of the opposition and the stage of the competition.

I mean just look how tinpot they are:

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Arsenal should and probably will sort themselves out in the second leg to secure a last 16 spot.

But, thanks to Hleb and his cronies, this was a timely reminder of their limitations and the magnitude of the challenge Emery faces to revive them.


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