Alex Song’s departure from Arsenal to Barcelona in the summer of 2012 was a perhaps shocking and unexpected transfer, and one which happened without making much noise at all before it was actually completed. It happened very quickly within a matter of days after a reported disagreement between him and manager Arsene Wenger.
He left with the Gunners at a very unfortunate time as he was one of the best players of the team in his last season at the Emirates Stadium. The switch affected Song’s future more than Arsenal’s as the midfielder struggled to break into the first-team at the Nou Camp. He spent his first season mainly warming the benches, and continues to do so more often than not.
This gave rise to rumors suggesting that Arsenal are monitoring the situation and are weighing up making a move for the holding midfielder in January. This was being touted likely to happen, given the fact that the 26-year old is unhappy with playing a substitute’s role at Barcelona.
However, Song has himself come out in the open and has played down suggestions that he is eyeing a move back to North London, at least in the immediate future. He was asked about a January return to Arsenal, to which ESPNFC report him as saying, “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I spent seven fantastic seasons there, but honestly, I’m not asking myself that question for the moment,”
“We’ll take whatever comes. For the moment, I’m fully committed to Barca.”
Though Song is sounding clear in his head about his short-term future, he is however refusing to rule out a move after a few years. Do you see him making a return to Arsenal in the next few years? Will he resolve his reported disagreement with Wenger, and even if he does could he manage to reclaim his place in the side, given the rise of the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and the new found form of returning midfielder Mathieu Flamini?