By 1970’s Gooner
Alexander Hleb’s performances this season have been an absolute revelation.
His fantastic skills and energetic commitment have been one of the most important reasons why Arsenal are top of the League.
This wasn’t the case last season where his form was at the lowest ebb since he came to the club with a lot of fans voicing their dismay at his inept performances.
We told you on this site back in December when everyone was reveling, but also trying to fathom out the reason for his newfound rigour and fantastic effectiveness on the football pitch.
Now his manager has also recognized that “Behind every successful man there is a woman”.
And Hleb has revealed that Arsene Wenger has asked him to say thanks to his wife Nastya (Anastasia Kosenkova).
Hleb said: “He even told me to pass on his gratitude to my wife! He told me he knew how she had helped me to regain my confidence.
“I was completely surprised he thinks about such details.
"And he was right, my wife has helped me a lot. I married a year ago and since she came over to live with me, everything seems easier to me. I’m not totally happy with my performances. But I have started to believe in myself again.
“Every goal, every decent pass gives me new power. Then, I feel easy and free, as if I could fly.”
Her name is Anastasia Kosenkova (Nastya) and sings for the pop group “Topless”
Alexander said: “For a long time I’ve been looking for the girl of my dreams and I have finally found her. Nastya is a very nice and pure person.”
Hleb’s mother should be pleased because at the time of his move to Arsenal she said:
"He doesn't have a girlfriend - he's so obsessed with his career that he has no time. I hope he meets someone nice soon."
Well it seems he has and us Arsenal fans have a lot to thank her for as Alexander’s performances this season have been from another planet.
Let’s hope this is carried over into the Birmingham game which will give us a very significant eight point lead.