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Song's Game Improved By Fitness & Brazilians

The Arsenal career of Alex Song has been a mixed bag since he singed for the Gunners over 6 years ago, the low point of which came at an away game at Craven Cottage where the Cameroonian (Is that right?) was roundly boo'ed by his own fans.

There is no denying now though that Song has completely turned his fortunes around and is now probably one of the first names on the team sheet, and according to Wenger, that's all down to his own hard work in training.

'He is now a good trainer but this was not always the case. That's why he has improved. Song has improved his engine. Before he was less mobile,' Wenger said.

'He has improved his mobility. He doesn't need a breather now when he goes and comes back. That has added something to his quality. Now, since he has more stamina, when we win the ball, he is on the move straight away and, when his timing is good, he arrives at the right moment in the box.'

It did seem to be a common sight to see Song doubled over blowing out of his arse after every forray in the centre of the park, but a fitter Song has seen him progress into a box-to-box Essien-style midfielder we've been crying out for for a long time.

This too comes as no accident. I was one of many Gooners who was becoming increasingly frustrated with Song as his seemingly abandoned his post as defensive midfielder whenever he saw fit, but as with most armchair managers, what I think I know about football tactics and what I actually know about football tactics are two entirely different things, and as the season progressed it became increasingly clear that Song was acting under instruction rather than willfully bombing forward of his own accord.

Wenger credits this to the more settling presence of Brazilian midfielder, Denilson.

'Song changes when he plays with Denilson because Denilson plays more of a holding role and he goes forward more," claimed Le Boss.

"I don't stop him because Denilson sits naturally. After the change with Samir Nasri, I was concerned that we could get caught on the break because Song kept going and Nasri goes as well. On two or three occasions we were a bit short in midfield.'

"Song wants to get forward. Sometimes defensive midfielders just want to defend but it's not his only role and he does [attack] well in fairness."

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 1 2010

Time: 9:36AM

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01/11/2010 15:05:00

Fascinating, I always thought the reverse - Denilson likes to go forward too and Song could sit naturally while Deni moves up
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01/11/2010 15:57:00

Denilson has never naturally been the more offensive of the two, but at Arsenal everyone has the chance to break forward.
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01/11/2010 18:03:00

I always thought Denilson is a half Cesc/half Song but AW knows better than moi :-)
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01/11/2010 18:43:00

I will not pretend to be one of the Arsenal fans who "always thought that song would be a blinding player". I am pleased to say I am eating humble pie! Although most of the time I'm right :)
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01/11/2010 18:59:00

In times past, it was not unusual to find Deni drive forward to take the occasional pot shot at goal; not these days as he seems to have settled into the holding role, by choice (it would seem), rather than the fact that Song is more forward playing than he. What's more important is that no matter who drives forward, there is always a covering team mate- Wilshere, Diaby and even Cesc-; a point which shows the team is improving it's defensive instincts and maturity.
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01/11/2010 20:58:00

I'm the same GM - I always assumed Fabianski would be a top keeper, but his mistakes made me rethink that theory, but he's getting back to where he was. But I never thought Song would be so integral to the team .... I don't mind being wrong though.
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