In a recent interview with beIN Sports in France, Alex Song spoke of his former employers in a positive light.
The 26-year-old Cameroonian international was one of Arsene Wenger’s most influential signings – joining the club for a bargain £1m in 2006 before leaving for Barcelona six years later for tidy £15m fee.
Speaking about his departure, Song admitted that despite not regretting a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, he never wanted to leave the Gunners and wished to extend his former deal at the Emirates.
Song said in the interview - which was later displayed on beIN Sports Twitter page: “I wanted to extend with Arsenal, but I have not regretted going to Barcelona.”
“Arsene Wenger was like a father to me.”
Whether his comments cut much ice is another matter, as he was the one who as seen who forced the move in the first place.
The Barcelona midfielder has yet to nail down a regular spot for the Catalans since joining the club in the summer of 2012. It was always going to be tough for Song, breaking into a midfield containing Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta – and as a result, he has often be named on the substitutes bench.
Despite not featuring much during the 2012/13 season, Gerardo Martino’s appointment and slightly more direct style was a clean slate for the former Gunner. However, Song has still yet to feature consistently, starting just nine La Liga games all season and often being selected only against La Liga’s lesser sides.
Song’s Barcelona struggles have created a number of rumours surrounding his future, and recent reports suggested that he could be set for a return to the Premier League in an astonishing deal featuring Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie going the other way.
He was later asked about his future, and Song responded by saying: “I will one day return to England, that’s for sure.”
Arsene Wenger remains a keen admirer of the midfielder, and given his recent hints – perhaps a return to North London in the future is on the cards.
Would Alex Song be welcomed back at the Emirates?
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