Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is on his way out of London and set for a move to La Liga giants Barcelona.
UPDATE: Monday, August 20 at 11:55 a.m. EST
Alex Song will officially move from Arsenal to Barcelona, according to Arsenal.com's Staff.
"The transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona has been completed for an undisclosed fee."
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BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal have agreed a £15m fee with Barcelona for Alex Song.— MirrorFootball (@MirrorFootball) August 18, 2012
Song had been strongly linked to the Catalan club leading up to the 2012-13 English Premier League season and he did not appear in Arsenal’s scoreless draw against Sunderland to open league play.
This is the second consecutive summer in which Barça has bought a talented, young and productive Arsenal central midfielder. Last August, the Blaugrana bought back Cesc Fabregas, who came up through the team’s heralded youth program.
Following Song and van Persie’s departures, Arsene Wenger must find a way to replace his most productive set-up man and his leading goal-scorer. Song finished the season with 11 assists, while van Persie led the Premiership with 30 goals.
The Gunners brought in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla during the transfer window. All three of these players saw the pitch in Arsenal’s first league fixture.
It will be an ongoing storyline this season if the young talent on Arsenal’s roster and these new players will be able to keep the team playing at a high level. Wenger has never allowed the North London club to fall below fourth place, but a cluster of talented teams in the top half of the table and the absence of two of his best players from a season ago will make this a challenging campaign.