There has been speculation linking Alex Song with a return to Arsenal as early as the January transfer window. The midfielder who left Arsenal in August 2012 for £15million to join Barcelona has not featured much for the Spanish giants and thus a return to Arsenal is being mooted. What Song was thinking of by leaving Arsenal and joining a star studded Barcelona is a mystery to me! Did he honestly think he would be able to displace the likes of Busquets, Mascherano, Xavi and Iniesta? Now that he is spending more time on the Barcelona bench than playing, he is starting to hint of a possible return to The Emirates.
Song told Radio Monte Carlo: “Get out of Barca? No. I think of staying. We have a new coach with a system of effective rotations. I have until January to decide, but I’m not thinking about leaving. I’m here to work.
“I do not know what will happen in the future, but it is true that I spent some fantastic seasons there (with Arsenal). We will see what happens, but for now I’m a Barcelona player.”
If Arsenal wanted to sign Song again then this is a perfect hint that the player is not sure about his Barcelona future and is open to a move away from the club.
But in my opinion, Arsenal should not sign Song again and this is why:
1) Song is not the best passer of the ball and thus has struggled in the very fluid Barcelona style of play. At Arsenal we are currently playing a neat passing game and Song is not capable of fitting in.
2) Arsenal have Arteta and Flamini right now filling in the defensive role in midfield and they are both better than Song.
3) Song however played his better games for Arsenal when asked to push a bit more forward whilst Arteta stayed back. With the abundance of attaking midfielders we have right now, Song can not even start to match any of them: Ozil and Cazorla.
Arsenal should resist the temptation to sign Song again and I am sure Wenger will also have doubts about resigning the midfielder. Only time will tell what happens to song at Barcelona.