Whilst Robin Van Persie stole all of the accolades last season as Arsenal overcame a dreadful early start to claim a third-place finish in the Premier League, the striker identified Alex Song’s assured performances in midfield as a key factor in his record-breaking year.
As the season drew to a close, Barcelona came knocking on Arsene Wenger’s door, and before too long, the midfielder was off to Camp Nou, a fee of £15 million having been agreed for his services.
The move brought the midfielder’s style of play, and his overall contribution, into the public spotlight, resulting in intense debate.
Some fans suggested that Song was a versatile midfielder that was equally adept as a creator or as a destroyer, whilst others suggested that he was an unhappy compromise and was neither an effective provider, nor a competent ball-winner.
Time will tell whether Barcelona’s purchase was a wise one, but I personally have little doubt that the Cameroon man can provide a valuable service for the Catalans.
As a stand-in centre back, or as a physical holding midfielder, the player can hold his own, whilst also possessing a technical proficiency to slip in comfortably with Barcelona’s collection of pass masters.
Defining Moment: A delicious assist against Aston Villa in March which not only set up Theo Walcott for a delightful finish, but also confirmed Song to be an able artist with the ball, as well as a defensive stopper