JUVENTUS stopper Wojciech Szczesny claimed his former Arsenal teammate Alexander Hleb could have “achieved more but liked a drink”.
Szczesny joined The Gunners youth set up in 2006 and trained alongside Hleb until he departed for Barcelona in 2008.
Speaking to Foot Truck, Szczesny, 28, claimed Hleb, 37, could have achieved more as a player had he not liked to drink so much.
Szczesny said: “Hleb could have achieved more in football, he still had a great race ahead of him, but he liked to drink.”
Hleb spent three seasons in London, but never won anything with Arsenal, instead receiving a runners up medal in the 2006 Champions League and 2007 League Cup final.
The midfielder then spent four seasons at Barcelona, lifting the the league, cup and Champions League while in Spain.
However, the Belarus international later admitted it was the wrong decision to join the Nou Camp side, as he found himself an irregular part of the starting 11.
Szczesny spent eight years at The Emirates, breaking into the first team set up ahead of Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia by 2011.
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The Poland international replaced Hleb as Arsenal No13, and would go onto win two Fa Cup’s for The Gunners.
However, after the 2015 signing of Petr Cech, Szczesny would spend two years out on loan with Roma, before joining Juventus permanently in 2017.
This year has been a breakthrough year for the 28-year-old, as veteran keeper Gianlugi Buffon departed for PSG, leaving the Poland stopper as Juve’s No1.