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Wenger Confirms Song Can Go

Wenger Confirms Song Can Go

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Alex Song is free to leave Arsenal this summer for the first time. Earlier in the week, Wenger had refuted reports in Spain that Barcelona were close to concluding a dead for the Cameroonian when he said, "There is nothing in that. We know the Spanish press is not serious."

But when asked a double barrel question at his Friday press conference as to the possibility of Song leaving and another big name coming in, the Arsenal manager was unusually candid, "Both could happen," he remarked pointedly. When pressed on rumours around the club`s interest in Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, Wenger confirmed, "He is one of the players we are following."

Putting 2 and 2 together, it sounds as though Arsenal want to complete on Sahin once the Song deal is closed. Sahin was supposed to be close to joining Liverpool, with reports emerging last night that Arsenal had made contact and asked him to hold his horses. Whispers have also circulated this week of a training ground bust up between Song and Wenger owing to Song`s behaviour since the links with Barcelona became public. In other news, with van Persie now gone, it looks as though the coveted number 10 shirt has been allocated to Jack Wilshere. Lukas Podolski`s squad number remains a mystery for now.



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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday August 17 2012
Time: 10:30AM

Comments

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If Sahin comes in I'm happy to wave goodbye to Song. Not a little bit of sadness, actually happiness that we don't have to put up with his constant wandering and clattering into people clumsily from behind. Of course now RvP has buggered off he's got no reason to try that clipped ball over the top 30 times per game.
Rocky7
17/08/2012 10:38:00
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If he's replaced, it's all good with me. But it does mean the team will have changed almost entirely in the space of two years. (Only really Sagna, Vermaelen and Walcott who were in the starting line up in 2010). That's a big flux and it also means we're counting on a lot of players to hit the ground running- most of them in a new league. In the short term that's a big risk. We've got a tough start.
Little Dutch
17/08/2012 10:41:00
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There must be something about football that makes the players delusional. I've no problem with any professional, looking to earn better wages, and whilst I would have preferred to have kept Rvp, I have no qualms whatsoever with Song heading to Barca to reacquaint himself with Cesc. Thanks for the chipped passes, don't forget your hair coloring, wander off to Barcelona, the benches have good heating on them. Just ask Hleb.
deledudu
17/08/2012 10:46:00
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They wion't have any choice but to hit the ground running LD. In any case m, they are all uinknowns in this league and we've seen time again newcomers to this league fly out of the traps and then suffer second season syndrome. Fingers crossed atleast teh first part applies to our guys. I cannot see many fans being gutted about Song leaving, improved or not he's had a bit of teh billy big bo**ocks about him in recent seasons.
Scotch Eggs Rule
17/08/2012 10:46:00
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That is true LD, but with Chesney, Sagna, Kos, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, (Diaby?) and Walcott, we've got a decent core of players who know Arsenal and the Premier League. The front line could be concerning, but hopefully they'll get off to scoring starts and we'll never think about this again.
Rocky7
17/08/2012 10:49:00
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Have no problem with Song going. I don't think he'll ever grow discipline enough for the role he plays. This for me will be the end of Song. He'll be out of his depth at Barcelona who will not put up with his mistakes. Expect him to be at Spuds in 2014 on loan.
Trennon
17/08/2012 10:51:00
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With regards to Song, this has got Hleb written all over it. No way is he good enough, or disciplined enough to play the Barca way. He'll flop more than me from the top of a diving board.
Rocky7
17/08/2012 10:51:00
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Indeed, Busquets is younger than Song, Mascherano is there. Can't see him being more than a squad player there. Anyway though, cheerio.
Little Dutch
17/08/2012 10:53:00
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Barcelona may actually improve Song in certain ways, as their game seems to rely as much on tactical discipline as technique, but his problem will be getting enough game time. He may find himself playing CB as I'm sure they like his versatility as much as anything else. In one way it is a shame, because doubtless Arsene has believed in him and worked on him in training to a point where he could be brilliant, but he probably is just missing that extra factor mentally that separates the true greats.
Gooner_Vin
17/08/2012 11:00:00
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Although we can all agree that Song isn't anywhere the cheating, snide, diving tosspot that Biscuits is.
Scotch Eggs Rule
17/08/2012 11:00:00
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