Arsene Wenger has revealed that the future of Arsenal’s second best player last season Alex Song is still uncertain despite the player having three years left on his contract. Meanwhile the talented youngster Kyle Bartley has officially left for Swansea.
This summer is fast becoming a joke, firstly ‘Van Pursey’ moves to title rivals United and now one of Arsenal’s most talented midfielders Alex Song is rumoured to be completing a big money move to Barcelona this weekend, even though this week he admitted he is happy at Arsenal.
Wenger said yesterday at his pre-match press conference:
This decision is not made. No [bid has been made] and I cannot tell you more.
I don’t know [about Song] at the moment, my focus is more on tomorrow’s game.
Midfield is a different area because we have nine or ten midfielders of top-class quality.
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Just today we have six or seven midfielders available, plus Wilshere and Frimpong who are coming back. Diaby is available again, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey, and Oxlade-Chamberlain now plays central midfield. This is an area where we have much more freedom to make decisions.
This is absolute bollocks. Earlier this week Wenger said there is ‘nothing going on with Song, there’s nothing in that’ yet now he has changed his tune with a Barcelona delegate reportedly on their way to London to thrash out a deal this weekend.
If Song is sold it will represent a new low and a massive step backwards for the Gunners. Nasri was sold because he was in his last year of his contract, same with RvP, Fabregas had his reasons to leave because he was from the Catalan capital and had been moaning about it for years. Song’s departure will really set Arsenal’s status as a selling club in stone – there is absolutely no need to sell him.
The Gunners don’t need the money, they don’t have someone that is more than capable of filling his boots, yes we have midfielders but Arsenal’s injury record is shocking bar Alex Song who is an absolute machine. Even if the 24-year-old has changed his tune about staying at the Emirates, make him stay. Look at the Spuds, they’ve managed to do one thing right over Modric and that’s not being held for ransom by their own player.
People will say ‘sell him and bring in Sahin or M’Vila’, but why? We already have one of the best defensive midfielders in the world that has the ability to create some inch perfect assists, teamed up with Arteta and we have one of the most dynamic, solid midfield partnerships in the Premier League. It is absolutely absurd if Song is sold this summer, a complete joke.
Rant over. Arsenal’s official website has officially announced the selling of the centreback Kyle Bartley to fellow Premier Leaguer’s Swansea.
The 21-year-old defender has been with the North London side for a total of five years and struggled to break into the first team despite traveling with the squad for this and last years preseason trips.
The youngster spent loan spells away from the Emirates recently including a spell at Sheffield United and hugely successful stint at Rangers last season.
Arsene Wenger has obviously decided that Bartley doesn’t have what it takes to be promoted to the Gunners first team, with Ignasi Miquel preferred as Arsenal’s up-and-coming centre half. Chances for young central defenders are hard to come by at the Emirates with Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker and Djourou all established internationals, but at least Bartley’s departure will give the talented Miquel further playing time this season.
The Spaniard is a vital player for the future, and this has been further highlighted by Barcelona’s interest to bring back their academy graduate to his homeland (surprise surprise) – Arsenal must hold onto him!
But anyway congratulations to Bartley, good luck at Swansea – I hope he develops into a tidy defender.