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5 former Arsenal stars you won't believe are still playing

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28 Jan 2019, 14:35 IST

Van Persie during De Graafschap v Feyenoord - Eredivisie
Van Persie during De Graafschap v Feyenoord - Eredivisie

There have been many legends who have represented the London-based Premier League club Arsenal. The Gunners have always had a special place in European football. 

They have been champions of the Premier League thrice besides winning 13 FA Cups and 15 FA Community Shields (known as the FA Charity Shield prior to 2002). 

Arsenal are always one of the strongest performers of the Premier League and are a part of the famed 'Big Six'. In the ongoing 2018-19 edition, they are currently placed at 5th position - with 44 points from 23 games. They were also the 9th richest club in the World (in 2018) according to the latest data released by the Deloitte Football Money League.

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Pat Rice, David Seaman, Ian Wright, Liam Brady, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, and Dennis Bergkamp are some of the legendary players who once represented Arsenal. 

While many players bid adieu to the beautiful game at the Emirates Stadium, there are many who played elsewhere in the World before hanging their boots. 

In this article, we will take a look at 5 former Arsenal players you won't believe are still playing:

Honourable mentions: Gael Clichy and José Antonio Reyes.

#5 Alexander Hleb

Hleb represented Arsenal between 2005 and 2008
Hleb represented Arsenal between 2005 and 2008

Aliaksandr Paulavich Hleb, more commonly known as Alexander Hleb, currently plays for Belarusian club BATE Borisov. It is his 5th stint with the club and he also won the Belarusian Premier League title with them in 2018. 

The Minsk-born player has represented many clubs in his career. Dinamo-Juni Minsk, BATE Borisov, VfB Stuttgart, Barcelona, Birmingham City, VfL Wolfsburg, Krylia Sovetov Samara, Konyaspor, Genclerbirligi are the clubs (apart from Arsenal) which the Attacking Midfielder has played for. 

He was with The Gunners from 2005 to 2008 and scored 10 goals in 130 appearances. Hleb signed for Barcelona on July 16, 2008, for a reported fee of £15.30 million. However, he did not get the same prominence with the Spanish giants.

As Hleb was at the pinnacle of his career, he spent 2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–12 seasons on loan to VfB Stuttgart, Birmingham City, and VfL Wolfsburg, respectively. 

Hleb is an extremely decorated footballer and also won the treble of LaLiga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League - with Barcelona - during the 2008–09 season. 

Also Read: Arsenal's 2003-04 Title Winning XI: Where Are They Now?

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