Barcelona are expected to announce the signing of Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb in the next few days.
Earlier this week, the Belarussian admitted it would not be easy to leave Arsenal following talks with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
“I am very grateful to Arsene Wenger,” Hleb told www.tut.by. “He is the best coach of my career. And not just a coach. He is a very good man and intuitive psychologist. I very much appreciate his support,.
“I talked to him twice before the end of the season (about my future). It is also not that easy for me to leave this club, because it has become my home. I think he (Wenger) is upset, though it is better to ask him, maybe he is glad.
“In life, everything changes. I believe that there are 10 top clubs in world football, and when a couple of clubs are interested in you and offer better terms, I believe that others would have done exactly the same.
“But Arsenal is dear to me, I am grateful to Wenger for everything he has done for me.
“As an Arsenal player, I can say that there is no better club in the English Premiership.”
Hleb joined Arsenal in an £11.2million deal in 2005 and he has scored 10 goals in 130 appearances for the club.