Barcelona midfielder Alex Song looks on course to seal a permanent transfer to West Ham United this summer, with the 27year-old deemed not good enough for Luis Enrique’s side. And given he’s a former Arsenal player, having made more than 220 appearances for the Londoners between 2005 and 2012, who can break up the play, while being proficient at ball retention, would he not have been a good addition for the Gunners?
Arsenal defeated West Ham 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday to move into fifth place in the Premier League table courtesy of first half goals from Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck.
The first effort of the game came on five minutes when former-Arsenal midfielder Alex Song appeared to have scored with a powerful effort, but the referee’s assistant flagged for offside.
The home side had a penalty shout turned away on eight minutes, as Diafra Sakho went down under a challenge from Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy. On 11 minutes Alexis Sanchez looked to pose danger to the Hammers defence in the area, but Hammers defender Winston Reid produced a superb tackle.
West Ham hosts Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday with just a point separating the Hammers from the Gunners.
The Hammers are currently fifth in the Premier League table after enjoying a very good campaign so far. Sam Allardyce’s team are just one point outside the top four and were indeed in the top four prior to their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Boxing Day.
The defeat against London rivals Chelsea was a rare one though, as it was only their second in 12 Premier League games.
With how well West Ham midfielder Alex Song has performed for the Londoners, Arsenal supporters are questioning why they didn’t look to re-sign their former player.
Song, 27, recently revealed he wants to remain in the Premier League following his loan spell from Barcelona, and his form has drawn him praise from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
“I think my future will be here. My family, everyone is happy here. I’m very happy to come back to England. I’ve always said if I move from Barcelona, I’ll come to England and my future is here anyway. I just want to enjoy playing at the moment and we’ll see what is happening at the end of the season,” said Song.
Cameroon star Alex Song is the latest player to be linked with a return to the Emirates as the Gunners are reportedly open to a possibility of signing their former midfield general.
A number of media outlets has reported that Barcelona has made the experienced footballer available for loan, with several Premier League sides believed to have taken notice.
Arsenal are thought to be one of the teams showing interest in Alex Song as Arsene Wenger remains a big fan of the player who enjoyed a very successful career in North London.
According to the Daily Star, Barcelona midfielder Alex Song could be exiting the Spanish league side this summer.
With the Catalan giants having endured a trophyless season, a complete deadwood overhaul could well be on the cards with a new manager in force. As Alex Song has only made 12 league starts for Barca in the last campaign, he could find himself on the transfer list. The 26-year-old failed to score a goal or make an assist in La Liga in 2013/14 and is reportedly unhappy with the lack of playing time being afforded to him.
With Arsenal finally ending their nine-year trophy drought, the hunger to win more will be great within the squad. So will the club look to strengthen this summer to have them in the best position to replicate such feats again?
The spine of the team has been heavily criticised, with Arsenal’s central midfielder arguably the weakest in the top-5 of the Premier League.
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is a name linked with a summer move to the Emirates, but it’s unconfirmed. Arsenal have also been rumoured to be in the market for former player Alex Song, currently at Barcelona.
With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitting his side’s form in the big away games has cost them the title, should he be looking to sign proven midfield talent to finally turn his side from underdogs into genuine title-chasers?
Seville’s Ivan Rakitic should be a player Wenger has on his shortlist. The Croatian international has enjoyed a superb season on a personal note, scoring 12 goals and making 10 assists from midfield.
The 26-year-old has made 76 key passes this season, more than Arsenal’s chief creators Mesut Ozil (71) & Santi Cazorla (67). He’s created more goals for Seville than any Arsenal player this campaign, and will be reeling with his side having missed out on a Champions League place.
Spanish Marca has suggested that Cameroon midfielder Alex Song could be leaving Barcelona at the end of the current campaign, which has led to speculations lining the highly rated footballer with a return to Arsenal.
Song completed a £15 million move to Camp Nou in the summer of 2012, but he has since been playing second fiddle to La Masia graduate Sergio Busquets. And despite impressive every time he was called into action, the Cameroon international never quite managed to get a longer run in the side.
Barcelona defensive-midfielder Alex Song has been linked with a potential season-long loan spell back to his former club Arsenal next season.
The 25-year old made 34 appearances for the Catalan giants last season, but a number of them were as a substitute. While Song has said he doesn’t want to leave the La Liga holders, a loan move does interest him.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been in need of a proven talent to play the holding role in midfield. With Abou Diaby suffering from recurring injury problems, Wenger has been in the market for a replacement this summer.