Alex Song Comments on Potential Transfer Back to Arsenal from Barcelona

Christopher AtkinsContributor IOctober 10, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 23:  Alex Song of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Manu del Moral of Sevilla FC during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on February 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has played down speculation of a return to Arsenal, insisting he does not know what his future holds at present.

Per ESPNFC's Ian Holyman, Song spoke with French radio station RMC Sport about his current situation at Barcelona, as well as his future plans.

Regarding a possible return to his former Emirates Stadium home, Song said:

I don't know what will happen tomorrow. I spent seven fantastic seasons there, but honestly, I'm not asking myself that question for the moment. We'll take whatever comes. For the moment, I'm fully committed to Barca.

Whether Song will remain committed to the Catalan club, while he continues to play on a relatively infrequent basis, is the question that encourages speculation over his future.

Song, now 26, started just 17 games in La Liga last season and, under new coach Tata Martino, has started three of eight league fixtures this campaign, per ESPNFC.

For a player whose career had been on the rise at Arsenal ahead of his £15 million move in 2012, it must be a source of tremendous frustration.

It is not just Song who has been dissatisfied, though, with reports last month in Catalan newspaper Sport indicating Barcelona were considering offloading the Cameroon international in January, per the Express' Ben Jefferson.

Song has failed to replicate the form of his final season in England, when he provided 11 Premier League assists per Transfermarkt, so both parties appear happy to at least entertain the possibility of a separation.

Gary Jones of the Daily Star suggests Arsenal have thus far been the club most heavily linked with a move for his services, and despite the addition of another former star in Mathieu Flamini this summer, they are in need of a better defensive midfielder.

Song, of course, is someone who Arsene Wenger knows well, and there is nobody better placed in world football to decide whether he could add to the Gunners' squad.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on October 6, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by
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Given Song's excellence in his final season before departure, just over 12 months ago, the club would surely jump at the chance of his return.

For the moment, the Cameroonian is wisely refusing to comment on the purported interest. Once January comes, though, his future will almost certainly be one of the biggest talking points of the transfer window.