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Gone For A Song

Gone For A Song

Arsenal have confirmed that a fee has been agreed with Barcelona for the transfer of Alexandre Song. The Cameroonian midfielder had hoped for improved terms on his contract, which had three years to run, but sustained interest from Barcelona saw the rumour mill go into overdrive. Song was left out of yesterday's 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

Song joined Arsenal from Bastia in 2004 and was immediately loaned back to the French club for a year. He also had a loan spell at Charlton Athletic in 2007. Song forced his way into the Arsenal side as the Gunners' screening midfielder as the likes of Flamini, Diarra and Gilberto peeled away from the club. Last season he provided 11 assists too.

But reports emerged of a falling out between Song and Wenger in the last fortnight, with Arsenal making the decision to cede to Barca's interest. He will now travel to Spain for a medical and to agree personal terms.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday August 19 2012
Time: 10:56AM


We support Arsenal, Song worked for Arsenal. The players would come and go, but we are the constant, the fans. We the fans are the ones with romantic ideas about being "gooners for life" we brand our shirts with their names, and sometimes, before we even get a chance to pull that shirt on, they've absconded for pastures new. Football has sold it's soul, the Bosman ruling heralded the dawn of players' mobility, but what is happening goes far beyond that, fans are being forced to reassess their views of players and the exact nature of the relationship. If Diaby has an injury free season, would he suddenly realize just how much he misses Cesc, and how he would love to have some silverware? How about Jack, are we to brace ourselves for even more chicanery when citeh shows up with their bottomless wallets next summer? I support Arsenal, the players are it's employees.
19/08/2012 11:18:00
deledudu - I understand your sentiments, but getting attached to players is a natural consequence of supporting Arsenal. If Giroud or Podolski start banging in the goals, they'll be the next RvP. I can't help but feel despondent about things at the moment. When we played Cologne last week and had Song and RvP there, it felt that we actually had a squad that could challenge for the title. A week later and it doens't feel like that anymore as we have a pretty much new team that is going to take time to gel. I can almost sense in Arsene Wenger a sadness, a feeling that his vision for the club and game has gone, as losing both Song and RvP in such a short space of time must be hurting him more than anyone, he that used to purr about Cesc and RvP. Anyway, the only thing that matters is results and need to find a way of winning games in any style and getting a confidence boosting start to the season because I feel if we don't it will be very hard to come back like last season.
19/08/2012 12:04:00
Poignant comments indeed Vin. It truly sucks to see our team constantly broken up like this each summer and the disturbing thing is that I don't see this pattern being broken any time soon. We have now developed a rep as being a selling club and some idiots have gone as far as to label us a 'feeder club'. Letting our players go just perpetuates this perception. But if a player wants to leave, well what can you do? Club loyalty seems to be an alien concept to footballers these days. Just hope AW has a few gems up his sleeve to restore us to some semblance of a title winning team.
Ned Stark
19/08/2012 12:25:00
I also think the fee is a bit paltry as well TBH. We should have tried to squeeze a bit more out of those Blaugrana ********s.
Ned Stark
19/08/2012 12:27:00
song can go **** himself
19/08/2012 12:59:00
Mr. Stillman, I was recently reading in the VitalArsenal archives (don't ask me why) and came over this: "I hope Alex Song leaves Arsenal and makes himself into a world beater elsewhere. If he was to score a goal to knock us out of Europe, then the universe would only be delivering sweet, sugary justice that would turn to acid in the mouths of the idiots." Your words. A bit ironic now that he's gone! ;) Though of course I agree with what you wrote...
19/08/2012 13:06:00
Ah, the indignity!! Now even your crap players want to leave. sad times indeed for your joke club. At the end of the day, you've got no one to blame but yourselves. You could have forced Wenger out at the beginning of last season, but the best you could do was sling a load of *****ty bin bags over the seats. You're a club going nowhere and you've been betrayed by the people who run it. You want your Arsenal back do you? You go on about how much you love the club, but when it really comes to the crunch you've shown that don't care enough to fight for it. COYS forever
Henry Baker Brown
19/08/2012 13:28:00
If Barcelona paid 15 million for song then I seriously have to question the sanity of their board :P. I am not a fan of Song and I would not be surprised if the alleged fallout was over tactics, Wenger wanting Song to play more as a traditional DM. If we go out and buy a true DM like M'Vila or Capue we will be so much stronger. Can you picture one of those two with Jack or Arteta by his side? They would Boss any midfield in the prem including Man *****ty.
19/08/2012 13:38:00
Thing is, what can the club do in the face of a player that is determined to leave? Player power is changing the face of the game, and football is being irreparably damaged by a combination of that factor, and the unsustainable investments being made by the likes of citeh, the Chavs and PSG. I am not disappointed to see Song's back, and had even accepted the loss of Rvp, but the whole situation does demand a degree of introspection. I seem to recall Rvp claiming to have been a gooner from his childhood days, but it would appear that the club's genes haven't prevented him from finding manure's red irresistible. Players will come and go, we will still be here, and we will pass it on to our children when the bell tolls for us. I am seriously disillusioned by the serial betrayal of the best ideals of what was once, a beautiful game. Football will one day eat itself at the rate it's going.
19/08/2012 14:06:00
deledudu The best way to describe this is by a comment on a football blog I read somewhere. Footballers = Millionaires without honor...
19/08/2012 14:24:00
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