Hleb eyes Arsenal success

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Alexander Hleb believes he is the missing link between Arsenal and UEFA Champions League glory.

The Gunners have been tipped to go all the way in Europe's prestigious club competition, but Arsene Wenger's side have consistently fallen short of the mark.

Hleb, who is awaiting a work permit to play in The Premiership, believes he can play a pivotal role in helping the side become European champions.

The Belarus international also revealed playing alongside French star Patrick Vieira was a key factor in him leaving Stuttgart for Highbury.

"Arsenal have a great team, but they have been unlucky in recent years and have not been able to go all the way in Europe," said Hleb.

"I can play my part in Arsenal achieving that goal this season. I rate Arsenal as one of the best three teams in the world.

"Anyone would be delighted to be allowed to play alongside a player like Vieira and I'm going to give it my best shot.

"I am not worried about the pace or ferocity, but I might need some time to adapt."

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly ready to set up their efforts to sign Sporting keeper Ricardo.

Wenger is on the lookout for cover for Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia, with Stuart Taylor joining Aston Villa earlier in the week.

"In Portugal many people are not interested in me - I am only wanted abroad," said Ricardo.

"Lisbon feel insufficient money has been offered but it is better for all concerned that I leave."

One player who is set to join Taylor out of the exit door at Highbury is Graham Stack.

The keeper spent time on loan with Millwall last season is looking to depart Arsenal in search of regular football.