Date:Monday November 1 2010
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."
Date:Monday November 1 2010
Wilshere - More Points Needed From Big Teams (Thursday May 23 2013)
Who Is Your Vital Arsenal Player of the Season? (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1 (Monday May 20 2013)
VIDEO: Wenger Praises 'Exceptional' Attitude (Monday May 20 2013)
Arsene Wenger, Now Is The Time (Monday May 20 2013)
The Moment That Made It All Worthwhile (Sunday May 19 2013)
Happy St Totteringham's Day To Gooners Everwhere (Sunday May 19 2013)
Team News: Last Game Of The Season (Sunday May 19 2013)
The Squeaky Bum Preview (Friday May 17 2013)
Wenger Confirms Sanogo Deal Almost Done (Friday May 17 2013)
|1. Man Utd||38||28||5||5||43||89|
|2. Man City||38||23||9||6||32||78|
|Stoke Man Of The Match
» Southampton : 24/05/2013 20:37:00
|Shaw This Can't Keep Happening To Luke
» Southampton : 24/05/2013 20:32:00
|Arsenal Close To £10m Williams Move?
» Swansea : 24/05/2013 20:04:00
|Liverpool: Werner hails 'Great Strategist' Rodgers
» Liverpool : 24/05/2013 19:37:00
|Liverpool: Robinson Gets England U21 Call
» Liverpool : 24/05/2013 18:03:00
|Something For The Weekend (425)
» Aston Villa : 24/05/2013 17:50:00
|More NUFC Spin
» Newcastle : 24/05/2013 17:34:00