Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he’s perplexed that manager Arsene Wenger didn’t attempt to bring Alex Song back to the club over the summer, given their need for a true defensive midfielder.
Song, 27, left Arsenal for Barcelona in August 2012 in a £15 million deal, having made 204 competitive appearances during his seven seasons in north London.
The Cameroonian international failed to establish himself in the first-team with the La Liga outfit, however, before being deemed surplus to requirements upon the arrival of new boss Luis Enrique.
He would go on to complete a season-long loan move to West Ham United during the final week of the summer transfer window, despite reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but Wright believes that the former Gunner should have been at the top of Wenger’s wish list after the failed attempts to land either Sami Khedira or William Carvalho.
‘What’s really surprising to me is why they didn’t try to bring back Alex Song,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘He must have done some bad things at Arsenal for them not to want to go anywhere near him, but he’s not a bad player – good enough for Barcelona at least, and now they’ve let him go to West Ham.
‘I’m not saying that he’s the total answer but I feel that he could have come in and shored things up for us.
‘I find it strange because that’s exactly what was needed. If anything’s happened in the past, you need to forget that for the sake of stability.
‘Those are the things which I get perplexed about. There’s someone out there who can provide you with what’s needed – just get them.’
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Song has made three appearances for West Ham since his Premier League return, including as club captain during the past weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in the absence of both Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble.