Backpage roundup: Song leaving, Wenger’s FFP warning, Walcott’s new deal and more

Barcelona Agree Song Fee

Arsenal have announced that they have reached an agreement with FC Barcelona for the transfer of defensive midfielder Alexandre Song.

The deal, which is subject to Song passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the La Liga giants, will see the Gunners pocket £15 million.

The announcement was made through a statement that was published on Arsenal.com and it read: “Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona.

Song will now travel to the Catalan club to agree personal terms and undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move.”

It is believed that Arsene Wenger will now move to sign Yann M’Vila or Nuri Sahin in order to fill the void created in the defensive midfield position by Song’s imminent departure.

 

Arsenal Persuading Walcott to Sign New Deal

Arsene Wenger has told The Sun that Arsenal officials are trying their best to convince Theo Walcott that his long-term future lies at Emirates Stadium and he should extend his contract with the club.

The England international’s current contract with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of the 2012/12 season and so far an agreement over extension hasn’t been reached between him and the club.

Wenger said: “We are still trying to extend his deal. When a player doesn’t want to stay, you either force him or you let him go.”

 

United’s Treble Talk Premature, Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said that the talk of Manchester United doing a treble in the 2012/13 season is premature but admits that the addition of Robin van Persie to the Red Devils squad has made them stronger.

The Arsenal boss is of the opinion that while the Dutchman’s arrival at Old Trafford will boost United considerably, it also has the potential of making their other strikers unhappy due to a lack of game time.

Alex Ferguson is a bit too confident when he says 1999, but of course it increases their potential offensively because they got a world-class player,” Wenger said before adding: “However, they also have a number of players – like Hernandez and Welbeck – who have a restricted chance to play.”

 

Wenger: End of Excessive Spending Is Near

After watching yet another player leave Arsenal to secure a greater pay package elsewhere, Arsene Wenger delivered a warning to heavy spenders of European football.

The Arsenal boss believes that the days of splashing unearned cash in European transfer market are numbered due to UEFA’s planned implementation of Financial Fair Play policy.

Wenger said: “It is a short-term problem, that the world cannot go on like that. You cannot imagine that the world will go on just splashing money out without any return, people will get tired of that because you will have just a few teams competing with each other.

“When you have lost the standard of living in life for normal people, the football world always gets higher and higher – that cannot last because people will not accept it. Financial Fair Play will make a big difference, how quickly I cannot answer because I am not responsible for putting it in place.

 

Wenger Has Faith in Giroud’s Ability

Arsene Wenger has assured Arsenal fans that Olivier Giroud has what it takes to carry the goal scoring burden for the club despite the French international misfiring on debut in the 0-0 draw against Sunderland.

Giroud was set up brilliantly by Santi Cazorla for what would have been the winner for Arsenal on Matchday 1 of the 2012/13 season, but the former Montpellier frontman fluffed the golden opportunity even though he had only the Sunderland goalkeeper to beat.

In the post-match interview, Wenger admitted that Giroud was a bit nervous, but backed him to come good and score goals for Arsenal in future.

The 62-year-old trainer told Sky Sports:That’s the burden you face when you take over from Robin van Persie because people are used to seeing him score.

“But he missed some chances as well and I feel Giroud will score goals but he rushed his chance a bit, he had more time than he thought he had and I believe in time he will get there. I’m not worried too much about that and I’m sure I’m right.”

 

Song Will Be Fine In Barcelona, Says Miquel

Arsenal youngster Ignasi Miquel believes that his soon-to-be former teammate Alexandre Song will have no difficulty in adopting the Barcelona style of play. (Goal.com)

Song is widely expected to sign for the Blaugrana in the next few days and Miquel says that the 24-year-old Cameroonian will fit in perfectly at his new club.

Miquel, who is a product of Barca’s famous La Masia academy, told COM Radio:I do not think that he will have any problems adapting to his new surroundings at Barcelona. He is one of the most open guys around in the dressing room.

Alex is a very versatile player. He can play as a holding midfielder, but also in a more advanced role. He has played in a more attacking role more than once. He’s a bit like Yaya Toure but there are plenty of differences as well. He brings a lot in attack, and is very strong defensively, too.