Cameroon midfielder Alex Song could return to Arsenal after just one year away from the club, according to an article in the Daily Express.
The 25-year-old was sold at the start of the season to Barcelona for a fee of around £15million, but has (unsurprisingly) struggled to assert himself at the Nou Camp, spending most of his time on the bench for the Catalans this season.
Big-spending PSG are also interested in the out-of-favour player, but the article claims Song himself would prefer a return to the Emirates, where he enjoyed some fine form in his final season.
Arsenal have struggled to replace Song, resorting to fielding Mikel Arteta somewhat out of position in a more defensive role, and relying on the injury-prone Abou Diaby.
Personally, I’d like to see us sign a player in that position, but I was never that convinced Song was particularly good at the role. I wasn’t so bothered when we sold him as long as we replaced him. Obviously in the end we didn’t, so if he wants to come back and is availabe for a reasonable price I wouldn’t exactly say no, but I’d also hope we consider some other options first.
Still, it is rather amusing and very predictable to see Song struggling at Barca. I said at the time he was going to go the way of Alex Hleb and get nowhere near the team. In a way it would be nice to let him see that he should’ve appreciated us a little more before running off as soon as a big offer came along.
Anyway, it’s hard to know how much truth there is to the story for now. He’s obviously not playing much which will lead to links to other clubs, but it doesn’t mean we’re actually interested.
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