West Ham United midfielder Alex Song has told the club's official website that this weekend's game against Arsenal is 'special' for him.
Song, 27, is currently on loan at West Ham from Barcelona, and whilst he had a superb first half of the season, he's struggled in recent weeks.
The Cameroon international will be available for transfer again this summer having been deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona, with his move to Spain proving to be an unmitigated disaster.
Song left Arsenal for Barcelona back in 2012, but played just 39 league games in two season at the club, serving as backup for Sergio Busquets in holding midfield.
Now, Song returns to the Emirates Stadium - the ground where he made his name as a midfielder having arrived in North London from Bastia in 2005.
With 227 appearances and ten goals to his name for the Gunners, Song became a fans favourite under Arsene Wenger, but turned his back on the club to join Barcelona.
It's bound to be an emotional return to the Emirates Stadium for Song, who told the West Ham official website that he has to focus on the game rather than get caught up in the emotion of the reunion.
"Yes, it is very important because I know Arsenal," admitted Song. "They are one part of my life and, because I went there when I was 17, I always say it is my family. Today, though, I am focused on West Ham and I want to make the fans happy. I want to play this game and give my best to help the team to win and come back to winning."
"I know this is a special game for me, but that’s football and I have to take all the emotion out and just try to play my game and play the best football I can to help the team to win," he added.
Song's recent run of poor form has been concerning - but what better time to recapture his best form than a return to his former employers?