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Barcelona signed Alex Song from Arsenal because he played with dynamism, he was box-to-box and he could enforce in midfield while also being a creative outlet.
In his last season for the Gunners, he notched up 11 assists.
This season for Barca, he has created three goalscoring chances from 560 passes.
He is monotonous, predictable and one-paced.
In the 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad with Lionel Messi looking disinterested and Neymar being a no-show, it was the perfect opportunity for Song to be adventurous.
Yet, he was OK with passing the ball sideways and backwards.
What happened to Arsenal's Song?
Defensively, his own goal against Sociedad was his fault: He conceded the corner and did not mark Gorka Elustondo.
Song is more comfortable in the Premier League where he can roam around and have a meaningful impact.
Whereas at Barca, he seems content with being pacified and a bit-part player—does he want to continue being a squad player?
If not, he should come back to the Premier League.