Arsenal latest: Song admits contact with Wenger; left-backs miss training

Alex Song

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Alex Song has revealed that he still keeps in contact with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The Cameroonian international left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2012 for a fee of around £16 million.

However he has struggled to adapt to life in La Liga - and is being linked with a potential return to English football next season.

And he revealed he and Wenger still keep in touch:

"When I played at Arsenal we talked a lot. He was my coach, but he was also like a father because he helped me and taught me a lot of things about the Premier League, that is the best league in the world. Now we still communicate with each other occasionally."

Arsenal trained today - but there are growing concerns that they may have to field Thomas Vermaelen at left-back as Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs could be out of the Stoke City game.

Neither were spotted in the pictures of the club in training today - fuelling worries they will miss the game.

Here is a story out of left-field for you. We all knew that Laurent Koscielny was a little bit odd - but he has certainly donated a bizarre amount of money to a bizarre cause this week.

Koscielny has reportedly donated €600k to save an accordion factory.

The French international is part of an investment group that is attempting to save a factory in Tulle.

Tomas Rosicky has been speaking about the game with Stoke tomorrow - and admits they must match their opponents aggression or be left behind.

Rosicky, who is set to sign a contract extension with The Gunners, stated:

“For me, [the crowd at the Britannia] doesn't matter at all. The atmosphere in the stadiums here in England is great anywhere you go, so that side doesn't bother me at all. What I'm thinking about is [what performance] we will produce on the pitch and if we will be as aggressive and strong as Stoke. If we do that, we can beat them.”

 

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