Alex Song Rules out January Transfer to Arsenal from Barcelona

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Alex Song Rules out January Transfer to Arsenal from Barcelona
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Alex Song will remain loyal to Barcelona and isn’t looking for an Arsenal return in the near future.

The Cameroonian midfielder, who continues to play a bit-part role at the Camp Nou, has suggested he is ready to serve the remaining four years on his La Blaugrana contract. However, he isn’t ruling out the possibility of an Emirates reappearance after the deal expires, per BBC Sport and via ESPN:

I was very happy to be at Arsenal, I spent seven years there. But at the moment I'm not looking that way. I am very happy here. I have four years left on my contract.

I don't know what will happen in four years' time when I finish here. But today I am very happy here.

Song has started five games in La Liga this season and has lasted 90 minutes on each occasion, per WhoScored.com. The 26-year-old is yet to start in the Champions League this campaign, but remains an important rotational player in Gerardo Martino’s squad.

The former Gunners star, who left Arsenal in the summer of 2012, offers a natural physicality that is missing from Barcelona midfielders such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

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His ability to regain possession and break up play is extremely useful during tight matches, especially when the La Liga champions are looking to protect a lead without taking the sting out of their attacking play.

Song also possesses underrated vision and can be extremely creative when let off the hook. His relationship with Robin van Persie during the 2011-12 season was testimony of this, as Song provided five assists for the Dutchman, per Arsenal's official website.

The most memorable of these was a chipped pass over the Everton defence, which set RVP up to volley the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Song has watched Arsene Wenger’s side intently this season. He hints the introduction of Mesut Ozil may provide the catalyst for Arsenal success, which he believes has never been too far away, per ESPN:

When I left Arsenal two years ago I know they had very good players and every season there was just one thing missing. I think this year with the players that have come in, I think they have started very well. They are strong in the league and I’ve watched every game.

Song's immediate attention now turns to getting Cameroon to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His nation has a Nov. 17 World Cup qualifying playoff date with Tunisia to wade through, a tie that currently teeters evenly at 0-0.

Should Song and his compatriots make it to next summer's tournament, we may see his creative side return.

 

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