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Agent: Hleb has decided to leave Arsenal

Alex Hleb is quitting Arsenal.

The midfielder will leave this summer after showdown talks with Arsene Wenger.

Hleb's agent Niki Spilevski said: "I can officially confirm that a short time ago Alexander decided that he will leave Arsenal and join another club.

"Of course Arsenal and Arsene wanted him to stay but they have accepted the player's choice."

Wenger had threatened to let Hleb rot in the reserves after holding talks with Inter Milan over buying out his contract.

But the Frenchman has since climbed down with the Italians now willing to pay out a higher transfer fee.

Hleb, who joined Arsenal three years ago for £11.2million from Stuttgart, wants to quit because he hates life in London.

Spilevski added: "That is his choice. He has understood that the right time has come for him to make a change. Alex has spent three good seasons at Arsenal and he wasn't sure he could maintain the same level that he has been showing if he stayed.

"It's also true that he felt uncomfortable off the field. Alexander wants a change of scene. That's had a large part to play in his decision. Alex informed the club of his desire to move to another club.

"We are not using article 17 of the FIFA rule. I can't tell you anything about where he will be playing yet. Talks are underway, and I don't have the right to make them public.

"I think that the issue of his new club will be clarified in the next few days."

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