It was a year-and-a-half ago when Alex Song left The Gunners for pastures new, with a £15 million switch to the Nou Camp from The Emirates that left Arsenal fans aghast.
But Song has not had such a good time at Barca - struggling for football with the La Liga giants with Sergio Busquets a formidable rival for a position in midfield.
And this week things have got worse for the player after this stinging assessment of his performance against Cartagena of the Spanish on Friday night - from his own manager Tata Martino:
"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."
That comes in the week that rumours in France and Spain suggest he is to be touted for sale in January - for a price in the region of £8.3 million.
That has seen the likes of Manchester United linked with a potential move for the maestro as Barcelona appear to have given up on the player.
But he has not given up on Barcelona.
In an interview with the clubs official website he has spoken of his wish to remain with the Blaugrana, despite the reported overtures from the Nou Camp to get rid of him.
He also had nothing but praise for another former Arsenal midfielder now with Barcelona - Cesc Fabregas:
“It’s much better this season, because when you come to a new country with a new language and a new culture, you need time to adapt. I came to a great family here and was welcomed with open arms. Cesc is like a brother. He helped me from the start and all has gone great... Life here is great, my adaptation has been smooth and I’m really happy here.”
Barcelona may want to sell Song, but he seems to have no desire to leave them.
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