Barcelona-owned Alex Song explains how West Ham United can beat Arsenal

West Ham United will take on Arsenal away from home in the Premier League on Saturday.

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song has explained to the club’s official website how his side plan to get the better of Arsenal on Saturday.

The Barcelona-owned midfielder is expected to line up for the Hammers in the London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Song is a former Arsenal player and was on the books of the North London outfit until 2012, but he is determined to lead West Ham to all three points.

“The best thing to do is to try to be together, defend together very well and when you have the opportunity to go on the counter attack, you have to do it very well like Monaco did it,” the 27-year-old told West Ham’s official website.

“If you want to go to Emirates and try to play you will not have any chance to win the game there because this stadium is very hard to play in.

“You have to stay together very compact and not give them any room, then take the opportunity on the counter attack. If we do this very well like Monaco did, then we can get a good result there.”

It seems that Song wants to take a leaf out of AS Monaco’s book. The Ligue 1 outfit defeated Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie last month.

Monaco had just 43% of the possession, but they had 10 shots of which seven were on target. In contrast, Arsenal had 57% of the possession, but of their 14 shots, only four were on goal.

One suspects that manager Arsene Wenger and his players have learnt their lesson from the defeat to the Monaco in the Champions League.

West Ham can certainly win at the Emirates, but they will have to step up their game just like the Monaco players did.

Moreover, Song has to boss the midfield. The midfielder, currently on loan at West Ham from Barcelona, has not been in good form in recent weeks, and he will be a key player for the visitors.

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