With speculation rife that Arsenal midfielder, Alex Hleb could be on his way from Ashburton Grove, could it be that his last contribution as a Gunner was the game against Reading?
At an FA hearing earlier today, Hleb pleaded guilty to a charge of violent conduct and was banned for three games with immediate effect. Those games would be the last three Premiership ties of the season, so should he decide to leave, his Arsenal career had effectively already ended.
After the hearing an FA spokesperson was quoted as saying; “Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has admitted a charge of violent conduct and will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.
“Hleb was charged for his involvement in an incident with Reading defender Graeme Murty during the second half of the match at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday 19 April.
“The incident was not seen by referee Peter Walton. Having now watched video footage of the incident, Walton has informed the FA that, had he seen it at the time, he would have shown Hleb a red card for violent conduct.”
Whether or not Hleb stays at Arsenal remains to be seen, and the blow could be further damaging to Arsenal with news that Peter Hill-Wood seems resigned to losing Matty Flamini during the summer break as well.