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Song on the dotted line

Song on the dotted line

The previously much maligned Alexandre Song has just signed a new long-term contract the club has announced today.

Having signed from Bastia in 2006 this new contract will secure the future of the 20-year-old central defender and sometime defensive midfielder at the club for sometime to come.

Despite the player being heavily criticised by some supporters in the past Wenger has remained a staunch believer in the talents of the Cameroonian International player claiming recently that he sees him as a central defender more than central midfield.

In last month`s televised question and answer session with Arsenal shareholders he gave his views on Songs potential:

I believe he is a remarkable player and I was one of the very, very few who believed in Alexandre Song. I can show you articles in newspapers which said that [he] was the worst buy I have made but you will see in one or two years that he will be a great player for Arsenal. he said at the time.

Trust me, if I make a decision it is because I know all the characteristics of the player whether they are physical or mental characteristics, Wenger continued.

When I put a player somewhere, I know why I do. If I play Song at centre back it is because I believe he will be a great centre back for Arsenal Football Club. In Song's case, he can play in central midfield. But can he play 60 games there? I am not convinced.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Monday June 9 2008
Time: 12:58PM

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This is all part of the process. Arsenal have been signing all their players to better contracts over the past year - Eboue, Hoyte, Diaby, Almunia, Adebayor, Sagna and now Song, with Cesc & Clichy next in line. Yet, the media constantly harps on the fact that Arsenal have a rigid wage structure. This is also a consequence of the inflation effect that Wenger spoke of, something that Article 17 has brought into play. Contracts are constantly being re-negotiated in order to prolong the protected 3 year period for players like Song. Song fully deserves a better contract, he looked assured in defence for the last 3-4 games of the season.
prits
09/06/2008 13:07:00
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This is all part of the process. Arsenal have been signing all their players to better contracts over the past year - Eboue, Hoyte, Diaby, Almunia, Adebayor, Sagna and now Song, with Cesc & Clichy next in line. Yet, the media constantly harps on the fact that Arsenal have a rigid wage structure. This is also a consequence of the inflation effect that Wenger spoke of, something that Article 17 has brought into play. Contracts are constantly being re-negotiated in order to prolong the protected 3 year period for players like Song. Song fully deserves a better contract, he looked assured in defence for the last 3-4 games of the season.
prits
09/06/2008 13:07:00
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Thats good news,but i want to see him at CDM,he is not the CB that we need he is definately the CDM that we'd need
Babeasta
09/06/2008 14:08:00
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Thats good news,but i want to see him at CDM,he is not the CB that we need he is definately the CDM that we'd need
Babeasta
09/06/2008 14:08:00
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This is very good news and I would like to say, I rated him! I have to wonder with Wenger pledging to buy another centre back and seeing Song as a centre half, what does this mean for Senderos and/or Djourou?
Little Dutch
09/06/2008 20:13:00
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This is very good news and I would like to say, I rated him! I have to wonder with Wenger pledging to buy another centre back and seeing Song as a centre half, what does this mean for Senderos and/or Djourou?
Little Dutch
09/06/2008 20:13:00
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I am not so sure that Wenger was as specific as to say he was looking to sign a centre back. I thought he only said something along the lines of doing something 'in the defensive area'. With Wenger that might leave a lot of scope.
Amos.
09/06/2008 22:45:00
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I am not so sure that Wenger was as specific as to say he was looking to sign a centre back. I thought he only said something along the lines of doing something 'in the defensive area'. With Wenger that might leave a lot of scope.
Amos.
09/06/2008 22:45:00
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It looks increasingly as though Gilberto will stay and I wonder if, for all Flamini gave us, we missed his aerial presence and his ability to protect the back four? Maybe I'm inferring, but I couldn't help but think Wenger meant a centre half and one he intends to play regularly given that he was talking about our inability to deal with long balls down the centre. I've a feeling Toure won't be an automatic first choice next season, with Song, Senderos and Djourou there, I would think one will leave unless Djourou is deployed as a DCM.
Little Dutch
09/06/2008 22:52:00
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It looks increasingly as though Gilberto will stay and I wonder if, for all Flamini gave us, we missed his aerial presence and his ability to protect the back four? Maybe I'm inferring, but I couldn't help but think Wenger meant a centre half and one he intends to play regularly given that he was talking about our inability to deal with long balls down the centre. I've a feeling Toure won't be an automatic first choice next season, with Song, Senderos and Djourou there, I would think one will leave unless Djourou is deployed as a DCM.
Little Dutch
09/06/2008 22:52:00
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