Barcelona have announced that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of Alex Song for €19 million ( £15 million).
Arsenal have .confirmed this, and all that remains is for the player to pass his medical and sign his contract. He will be unveiled on Monday night at the annual Trofeu Joan Gamper, where Barcelona play Sampdoria.
Song has developed from difficult beginnings into a fine midfielder, and he has been an essential part of the team for the last 3 seasons. While the debate still rages on as to whether he is world class or not, and whether is a defensive midfielder or not, and whether he is lazy/shit/Chinese/made of leather/etc, £15 million is a terrfic piece of business on a player that was signed for around £1 million in 2005.
He’s had his fair share of good and bad moments, but generally given us good service, and it’s very amicable all around – a great deal for both clubs, and the player, and we wish him well.
He has pushed for this move, albeit not aggressively, but Wenger was happy to let him go, with rumoured concerns over his on-field attitude, and the behaviour of his agents. Having often commented on Song’s lack of defensive discipline, perhaps Wenger is hoping to take the midfield in a different direction.
Some of us will miss Songo’s cool hair, stylish play, and astounding physicality, but most of us frankly won’t give a shit as long as a replacement/alternative is signed soon.
Wenger has confirmed our interest in Sahin, and after Liverpool’s shambolic loss to West Brom yesterday, and I can only hope that our chances have improved. We’re also rumoured to still be in for Yann M’Vila, but only if we can get him at a knockdown price.
(Condolences to ALLAN)