£15m former Arsenal star ‘turned inside out’ v Spanish third tier side - says his coach

Alex Song

Barcelona coach Tata Martino was scathing in his assessment of Alex Song's performance against FC Cartagena last night.

Barcelona ended their recent string of defeats on Friday night with a strong performance in the Copa del Rey against Cartagena resulting in a 4-1 victory.

Manager Tata Martino was obviously pleased to get the win, courtesy of goals from Pedro (2), Cesc Fabregas and Jean Marie Dongou, after suffering successive defeats to Ajax and Athletic Bilbao respectively.

But while he might have been impressed with the majority of his teams professional and ruthless display one player did not seem to impress him so much - former Arsenal man Alex Song.

About a year-and-a-half ago Song left The Gunners for pastures new with a £15 million switch to the Nou Camp from The Emirates that left Arsenal fans aghast, as it came at the same time as Robin van Persie’s transfer to Manchester United.

But Song has not had such a good time at Barca - struggling for football with the La Liga giants.

He already had a bad week this week when it was revealed he had lost his boots before a recent game v Ajax and had to borrow Sergio Busquets’. It was also heavily reported in Spain that he had been put up for sale at the club - with Barca said to be willing to listen to offers as low as €8.3 million for his services.

But to top it all off, here is the assessment of his own manager after the game against Cartagena on Friday night:

"Playing as a holding midfielder is not the same as playing as half of a midfield pivot pair. At times, he did well but other times he was turned inside out and he was having trouble finding a second, alternative option with his passing."

Surely his future at Barcelona looks doomed.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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