Arsenals season started off-song with our first game ending goalless against Sunderland with no RVP there to conjure up a goal, the new signings unable to find their shooting boots and Gervinho and Walcott playing a familiar game – one where they only play for short spells of the game. The final whistle blew, and to add to the disappointment, we were greeted with the news that Song was indeed Off.
The Barcelona vice-president flew into London earlier this week to speak directly to the Arsenal board, and the Ivan Gazidis about the purchase of Alex Song. One of the teams most experienced, and longest serving players. Barcelona are getting a habit for this. A deal was agreed for £15 million or 19 million euros as they say over there. No doubt Wenger would have wanted to keep this young man whose life he’s affected so much, since an early age, costing us just £400,000. However Wenger did add there was a positive, yes. He’d ‘influenced a players career’ something that seems to give Mr.Wenger an ego-boost. As opposed to the effect on the club. Song had said he was happy at Arsenal, but has remained quiet since the rumours and news began to step up a level.
He was a player who divided the fans, some thought of him as irratic, inconsistent, over-rated and unable to stay in position. While others saw him as someone with an eye for a pass, a solid, hard-to-beat CM, and someone who improved team morale – similar to Eboue in that respect perhaps. Which ever side you chose is your decision.
He will fly to Barcelona, for a medical tomorrow, and to agree personal terms. I wonder how much of a part he’ll play in Barcelona’s short or long term future.
Do YOU think we’ll miss Song? Or are you happy that we can now can bring in a replacement, with us hot favourites to sign Sahin from Madrid on a season-long loan?