Reasons Why Arsenal Will Miss Alex Song

Another gem gone…Sad

“Song leaving Arsenal is good riddance to bad rubbish. The Cameroonian is a disruptive influence in the Gunners’ ranks. It’s my belief that players should wear the jersey of Arsenal with pride, Song’s heart was no longer at Arsenal, he was already dreaming of Catalonaia, Wenger reveled that Song desired Barca move. Why keep him if he wanted to leave? Song had few years left on his deal and if Wenger had not sold him this summer, he would have stalled on a new contract and next summer, he would have arm-twisted the club into a sale and at that time, Arsenal might not have recouped so much from the high handed Barcelona.” - Song’s Exit Good for the club and here’s why

“So while Alex Song certainly had his moments during his time with the Gunners, no crown jewel has been plucked from Arsene Wenger’s hands, either. Ultimately, Song became a jack of all trades, yet a true master of none, and that’s just what Barcelona are getting for their £15 million.” - Alex Song: Why Arsenal won’t really miss the Barcelona-bound midfielder.

These are great articles nonetheless, but they have seen the light of day in the wake of Song’s move to Barcelona. Arsenal.com has confirmed that the Cameroonian has agreed terms with Barcelona and has jetted off to Spain for his medical. It’s believed that a £17m move is on the cards.

Last Spring, the Daily Mail published an article about Arsenal offering Song a bumper offer to commit his long-term future to the club. It was supposed to be a contract worth £75,000 per week, and the good news was music to the ears of many Arsenal fans.

Song joined Arsenal in 2006 from SC Bastia but he was loaned to Charlton shortly afterwards to get some playing time. With the likes of Gilberto Silva, Mathieu Flamini, Denilson and Lassana Diarra ahead of him, the chances of Song getting playing time were slim to none.

In Arsenal’s impressive 2007/08 Premier League campaign, Song watched from the sidelines as Fabregas and Flamini forged a telepathic understanding on the pitch. However, the Flanimal’s exit to AC Milan paved the way for the young Cameroonian, and he became Arsenal’s chief enforcer, amassing 48 appearances in his breakthrough season.

Song went on to become synonymous with a starting berth in subsequent seasons and his star shone the brightest in the 2011/12 season. I’m not ignorant to the fact that he wasn’t too impressive in his “primary job” last season, but we should remember vividly that he probably played to Arsene Wenger’s instructions.

If I take you down memory lane in the days when Song looked like a hybrid between Abel Xavier and Djibril Cisse, he was the water carrier of the team and he allowed the more creative players like Fabregas to their thing with the confidence that he was going to break up play like Flamini before him. Song’s performances in the 2009/10 season were so impressive, Arsenal wasted no time in handing him a long-term deal that was to expire in 2014.

When Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri departed last summer, the panic button was pressed so hard, it sprang out of it’s remote control. The subsequent games following their departure didn’t help matters at all as the Gunners slumped at home to Liverpool before suffering a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Manchester United.

The burden of creativity fell on the shoulders of Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky but it seemed like a burden to big to bear before Alex Song stepped into the picture. Song is showing promise beyond his years, but last season proved that Aaron Ramsey is not yet ready to be the top playmaker at a big club such as Arsenal.

With the likes of Yossi Benayoun, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky all struggling to find that killer through pass to the in-form Van Persie and the rest of the forward line, Alex Song stepped up his game to become the club’s chief midfield playmaker while also performing his defensive duties to his usual high standard.

Last season, Alex Song became  a potent force in Arsenal’s attack and he created 14 assists, with a considerable chunk of them for Robin van Persie.

His defense-splitting pass to van Persie against Norwich was sumptuous to say the least. Van Persie finished it off with a cheeky lob over the Norwich goalie. He invoked the spirit of Lionel Messi when Arsenal hosted Dortmund by taking on some defenders before crossing the ball for RVP that sent his header goalwards.

When the chips were down against the Merseysiders (Everton at Emirates and Liverpool at Anfield), Alex Song supplied two similar perfect projectiles for van Persie and Arsenal’s captain finished both efforts in the same magnificent similar fashion.

Van Persie hasn’t been the only player that benefited from Song’s attacking verve on the final third. In the FA Cup third Round clash against Leeds United, Song played a wonderful through ball past four Leeds United players to the returning legend, Thierry Henry and the rest was history. Song has also supplied two sublime assists for Theo Walcott against Tottenham and Aston Villa.

Statistics also showed the class apart Alex Song is from the rest of his peers in Arsenal’s midfield last season.

In his last season at Arsenal, Fabregas made 36 apps, scored nine goals and created 17 assists making him a standout performer. $amir Na$ri on the other hand, made 46 apps, scored 15 goals and supplied 5 assists.

Yossi Benayoun made 25 apps, scored six goals and has handed only one assist to Gervinho against Wolves. Tomas Rosicky made 38 apps, scored two goals and despite his amazing passing range, he supplied a meager amount of six assists.

Mikel Arteta has made 36 apps, smashed in six goals and created three assists. Aaron Ramsey has notched up 44 apps, scored three goals and created eight assists.

Last season, Alex Song was the most creative defensive midfielder in Europe with more assists than Xabi Alonso (2), Sergi Busquets (2), Scotty Parker (1), Mark van Bommel (0) and Felipe Melo (0) put together. These stats prove that Song isn’t your average defensive midfielder and it’s fair to say that more or less a deep-lying playmaker, a role manned by the great Andrea Pirlo.

Alex Song’s effectiveness in the attacking third became a key part of Arsenal’s style of play and his over-the-top projectiles have become his registered trademark.

However, Arsenal took onto the pitch on Saturday with a new look midfield in the form of Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby (the player occupying Song’s role).

Like Song last season, Diaby forayed forward (making Arteta cover his tracks in midfield) but his output was as expected – zero. There were times when the lanky French man dwelt on the ball far too long, and the causes from the Arsenal fans I watched the game with started creeping in.

If we want to be frank with ourselves, our midfield would have fared better if Song played in Diaby’s stead because he might have launched on of his trademark projectiles for Olivier Giroud, a striker renowned to be good with the ball in the air and at his feet.

There is so much talk about Nuri Sahin, and I truly hope that these rumors become a reality because Arsenal can make do with another technically-gifted midfielder with an eagle-eye for a pass.

After serving Arsenal Football Club for six years, Song notched up 204 appearances, scored 10 goals and supplied 24 assists.

Say what you want about the Cameroonian, but Song was one of Arsenal’s most consistent players in recent seasons. You can’t possibly think Arsenal won’t miss him. That’s just denial.

Arsenal it was, Arsenal it is and Arsenal it will always be.

Sayonara.

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About enigma106

An Arsenal fan with a good sense of humor

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Transfer Gossip and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. damm good article. i was always worried whenever arsenal fan boo their own players….let alone song, one of our most consistent player from last 3/4 seasons. now he is gone, then only fan will real;ise his importance to our team. he was such a good player last year and is still improving….means we gonna miss him soo much.

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  2. We’ll definitely miss Song but no half as much we’ll miss RVP. Cazorla will make Song’s absence less felt immediately but it will take 5-6wks for d strikers to do same.

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  3. Good article, as much as he created he probably cost us more. We conceded 49 goals last season. There were games at home (norwich me thinks) when 10 mins into game they were breaking for the 3rd time with 4 players running at our backs. Where was song, up on the left wing somewhere. He will be greatly missed if we dont replace him with an out and out holding mid fielder. Diaby, ramsey, jack do not fit that mode, The good news, Cazorla looks outstanding. When the ox is back put theo on the bench. he has had enough time, its as clear as day he is not a winger.

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    • Yes, he has certainly had his bad moments, but he did so much more good than harm to us.

      That’s what I’m trying to acknowledge
      Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

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    • You said he cost us much yet provided assist for goals scored by vP when hope was almost lost.What about our defender nt ‘maning’ their position when they ought to have done so? Learn 2 Appreciate peoples eforts and stop blaming.

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  4. I rated song highly! He will be missed for sure.

    The major positive I see though from the last two seasos sales is a rebirth of the club. We are now signing winners,Experienced top players. The youngsters did us proud but we lacked a bit of quality and a lot of steel. With players like Cazorla, Podolski and hopefully Mvilla we have experienced Internationals who are not here as part of their Development but as a place to make there legacy.

    New players = New attitude and a new dawn

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  5. Very gud article.,u’re very right,he was missd in our last n lst match of d season.,Diaby cnt b his replacemnt,he is nowhere near song.. Song wuld av made a diffrenc wit a singl pass,Diaby only wnts 2 dribble or score himslf witot tryn 2 find a runin attacker n send a killer pass,he is nt gud at dat..dats why myhrt bleed wen i heard my song is leavin..is sad,nomatta wat,he wuld av alowd 2 stay,evn Darren Dien wntd 2 depreciate arsenal by sellin al his players in arsenal,findin dem clubs n askn clubs 2 com n get dem witot order frm arsenal.,and song is d last of dem.. We knw his anger,bt we promise him dat his father David Dien wil neva b re-employd in arsenal again. Both of dem shuld go 2 hell. Arsenal wil remain Arsenal. Gud riddiance 2 bad rubbish.

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  6. Agreed we will miss Song but without Arteta to mop up he left gaps and got carried away with his dinks over the top. It worked in the beginning because it was something new to counter park the bus and RVP was on fire.
    It may be a loss but seems we’ll move on and get an outright defensive mid to lower the goals conceded and allow Arteta more space to roam as I see him having a better range of passing than Song. If we get Sahin, he will fit that role well too. So I reckon main target is a Biglia or M’Vila than replacing Song.

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  7. Why do some people expose their ignorance. As soon as a top plyer leaves, all of a sudden he’s $hit. Song deserves the acknowledgement for his immense contribution while he was here. Refreshing to read such objectivity. Lots of emmotionally charged drivel out there (which i do understand BTW). I think song is a ‘ucnt’ for leaving us. It feels like being dumped by your bird when you still love her. But good luck to him in the future and thanks for what he gave while he was here. Lots out there to replace him with. C’mon Arsene. Do the business. Loads of pretty birds out there to replace him!

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    • true dat mate, w arsenal fanz ar 2 emotionaly chargd, a playr is al gud at emirates until wn h leavs, then hes dupd a ‘ucnt’, ey dsrv 2 serv ey interests too lts nt b selfsh bt lts learn to preciat….! Gd lck 2 hm

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  8. This article was shocking propaganda for arsenals current status!!!! Feeder club… What the point of having a contract… Song you admitted was one of the best midfielders in the world why sell him, he is a professional, he has to play reality!!!! Wenger has lost the script he can’t expect fans to buy jerseys go to games write blogs while selling our best players to rivals!!!! End of story!!!!

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  9. I sincerely about valuation of Song. He is truly a phenomenon last season infact he i can say is the reason we were 3rd last season. But all said and done, if truly he requested to speak with Barcelona then he is a BIG fuck up guy. As much as i respect player, i don’t believe any player is bigger than the club. The reason why he was able to do all those things was because there is actually somebody covering for him. We will miss him but he’s going †o miss us more.

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  10. Omogbotemi Adesola

    I truly hope we can move on.
    True, Song had a good season last term, no doubt. Meanwhile, Arteta covered for him while bombing forward. When Art wasn’t there, I guess we knew what happened.
    And as much for his creative part, he recorded high percentage of number of faulty passes and lost balls.

    We heard all about his lateness and indiscipline at training, so, I think we should concentrate on this new season.

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  11. Arsenal should get Sahin,voted Bundesliga player of the year 2011.Maybe the next Ozil.Left to rot at Madrid.

    http://www.soccerstronghold.com All the Football news,football rumours, wonderkids and football videos in one place

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