Song completes Barcelona switch.
The transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona has been completed for an undisclosed fee.
Song joined Arsenal in 2005 from French side SC Bastia, initially on loan, and his move was made permanent a year later. He went on to make a total of 204 appearances for the Gunners.
The 24-year-old, who played predominantly as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal, was also an able deputy in defence when required. He demonstrated his offensive qualities last season too, providing 14 assists in all competitions and scoring once.
A Cameroon international, Song has represented his country in the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was also part of the Cameroon squad to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Alex for his contribution to the Club and wish him the best of luck for the future.
SOURCE: Arsenal Official Website
Alex Song has become the second key player to leave Arsenal in the space of a week, after skipper Robin van Persie joined Manchester United on Friday.
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he is relatively unconcerned by Song’s departure, citing the form of Abou Diaby and the return of Jack Wilshere as reasons to be optimistic.
But Arsenal supporters must be hoping that ‘Le Prof’ has a trick (or better yet, a signing) up his sleeve as the Arsenal squad is suddenly looking slightly thin on the ground.
That signing may well be Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin. The 23-year-old has been told he can leave the Spanish capital on loan this summer but is also wanted by Liverpool. But the Turkish international wants to play Champions League football next season – putting the Gunners in pole position in the race for his signature.
Song’s exit is yet another example of Wenger’s willingness to let want-away players leave the club but it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman’s philosophical approach will pay off.
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