Song has impressed but he was better in five key areas for Arsenal

We compare the form of Alex Song at West Ham United this season and when he previously was playing for Arsenal.

Alex Song has earned a huge amount of plaudits since signing for West Ham United this summer already.

A number of eyebrows were raised when a player of his stature was brought to Upton Park and he brought with him high expectations.

Song has had a glistening career at the top of the game and joined on loan from Barcelona, leaving Hammers fans excited to see their new midfielder in action.

Song is the perfect compromise between what West Ham fans have been craving and Sam Allardyce's style.

An imposing figure, he suits the physical style that Allardyce likes to utilise, but he also has the passing skill to be able to impress the Hammers supporters, who have been wanting to see their side play a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football.

So far, the Cameroonian has not disappointed. With West Ham playing their most entertaining football for years, and climbing into the top-four, Song has been at the heart of everything they have done.

His quality has shone through so far, but the stats suggest that he still has room to improve.

  TeamSeasonKey passes per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyInterceptions per gameTackles per gameShots per gameAppearancesMins Played
Alexandre Song Arsenal 2011-2012 1.3 66.1 84.2% 1.9 2.9 0.4 34 2999
Alexandre Song West Ham 2014-2015 0.6 37.3 83.9% 1.1 2.8 0 6 450

During his last full season in England, with Arsenal back in the 2011/12 campaign, Song was actually playing to an even higher standard than he currently is.

When representing the Gunners his passing was more accurate and incisive, whilst he was also stronger defensively. 

The 27-year-old was making more interceptions and tackles per game two years ago, and it proves that he still isn't at the top of his game.

That should be an exciting prospect for Hammers supporters - who will be hoping that he can get back to his best and impress even further in the future.

There is talk of the club making it into the European spaces this season and if Song can get back to his optimum performances levels then the side may just be able to fulfil their ambitious aims. 

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