Alex Song admits he would have loved an Arsenal return

The West Ham midfielder is set to face his former club today and confessed that he would have jumped at the chance to resign for Arsene Wenger’s men.

West Ham midfielder Alex Song has stated that he would have relished the chance to return to play for Arsenal.

The Cameroon international left the Gunners to join Barcelona but having struggled for time on the pitch is now with Sam Allardyce’s men on loan.

The African midfielder is set to face Arsene Wenger’s side today and has admitted that both he and Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas wanted to return to the Emirates Stadium.

“I would have liked to come back, but they didn’t want me,” Song stated in an interview with L’Equipe.

“That’s life. I’m not mad at them. Cesc also wanted to come back to Arsenal, who did not want to activate their buy-back clause. It was surprising. When I see what he is doing at Chelsea - he is even better than before.

“Arsenal, is my family. I will see the people that I know well again. It is the club that grew me up. I arrived there at the age of 17.

“It will be quite a special match, notably because I will be playing against Arsene. It will be the first time. He educated me, he always defended me when things were going badly.”

Song went on to justify why he left Arsenal to sign for Barcelona and confessed that he is happy to be back playing in England.

“I stayed for a long time, but didn’t win anything. Each year, we lost our best players: Cesc, Robin, Samir… If the club had kept everyone, Arsenal would have been Premier League champions.

“Then, I had the option to go to Barca. You don’t turn that down. The saying goes that the train only comes once.

“I could have played Champions League in Italy, with Napoli or Roma, in Turkey. I could have played in France too, with Marseille. But my priority was to return to England.

“My future will be in England.”

Song will hope to get one over his former club today at West Ham host Arsenal in a London derby.

The playmaker has surprisingly been left out of Cameroon’s squad for the African Cup of Nations, in a real boost for Sam Allardyce’s men.

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