Two of Tuesday's newspapers carried quotes from the Belarussian who appeared to have hit out at Wenger for his tactics and Fabregas for his selfishness.

But Hleb, who is expected to leave The Gunners this summer, told his personal website that he still has the utmost respect for both men.

"I am shocked at some media reports," he said. "In some newspapers it was mentioned that I have attacked Arsene Wenger and Cesc Fabregas. But let me tell you - this is not true! The statements in the papers are definitely not my statements.

"I would never ever say something disrespectful about them. And there is a simple reason for this - Cesc is a very good friend of mine and Arsene is one of the persons I respect most."