Song to Barcelona
As the Premier League season approaches, the rumour mill continues to spin, leaving many clubs, fans and players on the edge of their seat, eagerly awaiting to see what the future holds. One of the latest stories that have appeared in the media (yet again) is the "Alex Song to Barcelona".
Song, one of Arsenal's main men when it comes to reliability, featured in 34 of Arsenals Premier League matches last season, has made a strong name for him as one the Gunners strongest defensive midfielders. With a total of 11 assists in Englands top flight during the 2011/12 season, he can take on an offensive role as well, connecting extremely well with Skipper Robin van Persie (who looks set to leave the Emirates in the near future).
Song made his first appearence in a red and blue shirt in 2005, while on loan. When the loan expired however, Wenger was quick to secure a permanent deal for this promising youngster. Song has been a strong squad player, and happy at Arsenal ever since. Year after year however, he is linked with a move to the Nou Camp.
Sing another Song?
While Song definitely has the quality to feature in the legendary Catalan side, I highly doubt that the alleged move would be in Song's best interest, and I would have thought he realises this too.
At Arsenal, he knows he is guaranteed to get the game-time he wants, needs and deserves - because, after all, he is one of the best midfielders in the Gunners armoury. While at Barcelona, with their side being so strong in the midfield, what with Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas etc, I think he would struggle to get continuous oppurtunites in the Liga BBVA.
And perhaps the most important reason for him not to depart, as the papers suggest, is that he's happy at Arsenal. He holds a good relationship with Arsene Wenger and the players, and what with the squad strengthening going on this summer, he knows he will have title oppurtunities next season.
I very highly doubt that Song will move to Spain, and with his contract not expiring until 2015, Song's an Arsenal man for a while yet.