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Alex Hleb reunited with Arsene Wenger ahead of BATE Borisov match

7:23 PM SGT 28/9/17
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The former Arsenal and BATE Borisov midfielder looked in fine sprits alongside the Gunners boss ahead of Thursday night's Europa League game

Alex Hleb has been reunited with his old coach Arsene Wenger ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash between his former sides.

The Belarusian midfielder spent three years at Arsenal before joining Barcelona in 2008 – a move which he later came to regret as he vied for a place in Pep Guardiola’s side alongside a young Lionel Messi.

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Hleb, who spent four different spells at Thursday's opponents, was renowned for his superb dribbling ability earning the nickname ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ while at German side Stuttgart and was invited to meet with Wenger ahead of their game against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.

 

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Wenger admitted in his pre-match press conference that he would be reunited with Hleb and was interested to see what he was doing post-football.

A happy-looking Hleb took to Instagram to post a selfie with Wenger and another photo which showed him in a personalised Arsenal kit most likely presented to him by the Frenchman.