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Stuttgart have confirmed that they have turned down an offer from Arsenal for Alexander Hleb.
The Belarus international enjoyed a hugely consistent campaign for his Bundesliga side last term, starting every one of their 34 league games.
Arsene Wenger views the creative 24-year-old as the ideal man to pep up his midfield options - especially following the departure of Edu.
VfB Stuttgart midfielder Aleksander Hleb's future is set to be clarified on Thursday - with Chelsea believed to have joined Arsenal in chasing him.
The Gunners have been after Hleb, 24, for several months but have failed to agree a fee with his German club.
Vfb denied receiving an £8m bid last week for Hleb, who has three years left on his deal, and insist he is staying.
VfB Stuttgart have told midfielder Aleksander Hleb to make up his mind whether he wants to stay with the club.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Stuttgart's 24-year-old Belarus midfielder.
A Stuttgart spokesman told BBC Sport: "In the next of couple of days we'll tell him that he has to decide whether he stays or whether he wants to leave.