West Ham midfielder Alex Song has revealed that his former club Arsenal will always remain close to his heart, professing his love for the club that nurtured him as a young talent into a leading defensive midfielder.
Song, who is currently enjoying a successful loan spell with fellow London club West Ham, is set to line up against his former side on Sunday when the Gunners make the trip to Upton Park.
Asked whether he remains fond of the club ahead of Sunday’s clash, the Cameroon star told Sky Sports:
Always, this big family will be in my heart. I’ll never forget because what I am now is because of Arsenal, but now it’s important to play against them.
We’ll enjoy the game, it’s not easy when you play your old team. I just have to do my job.
Right now, I’m a West Ham player and will focus on that game. We know it’s not easy, but I will try to help my team win the game.
The 27-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Bastia in 2005, made a total of 205 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 10 goals in that period, before he departed for Barcelona in 2012.
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A difficult spell followed at the Nou Camp with Song struggling to cement his position in the star-studded Barcelona side, and the Cameroon international moved on loan to Upton Park in the summer where he has thrived.
Sam Allardyce has recently declared that Song has been one of his finest signings, and Arsenal fans will be hoping that the midfielder suffers an off-day when the Gunners meet the high-flying Hammers on Sunday.
What do you think about Song’s performances for West Ham this season, and should Wenger look to seal a return to the Emirates for the Cameroon midfielder in the summer?