In the summer transfer window of 2012, Arsenal sold a very significant member of the team then to Barcelona, that player was Alex Song. Remember him? The Cameroonian international who was a significant member of the squad was a reason why, Robin Van Persie scored 30 goals in the season of 2011-2012.
His move came as a complete shock to fans, as we were still trying to digest the sale of Van Persie to Manchester United before Barcelona came swooping for the Cameroonian international. Van Persie would go on and win United the League title in his first season with them. He was sold for £15million.
Apparently, a fallout between Alex Song and newly recruited assistant manager Steve Bould led to the sale sanction of Song to Barcelona; with reports suggesting he didn’t quite follow the training assigned by Steve Bould.
This isn’t the first time Barcelona have come poaching for an Arsenal player as they’ve done in recent times, following the sale of Cesc Fabregas, Hleb, Thomas Vermaelen, and King Henry, not to forget Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Giovanni van Bronckhorst who made the switch from England to Spain during the early years of Wenger’s time at Arsenal; as they’ve moved from Arsenal to Barcelona for laurels.
Originally a defensive midfielder, Song joined the Gunners on loan from French club Bastia in August 2005 before the move was made permanent at the end of the 2005/06 season. Alex Song is a relation to Legendary Cameroonian international Robert Song, who played with Samuel Eto in his early days.
In the following season, he spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Charlton before returning to Arsenal and subsequently establishing himself as a key member of Wenger’s squad. In total, Song made 204 competitive appearances for Arsenal during his seven seasons at the club, scoring 10 goals.
In his contract with the Spanish giants, a £63 million release clause was inserted but would, unfortunately, have to bit their own fingers as they sold him for lesser the price. In his first interview as a Barcelona player, he said “I’m very happy to be here, this is the best team in the world. Playing at a club like Barca is something I wanted when I was young, I hope the team will continue to win, this is a winning team. They win everything”.
During his 4 years with the Spanish giants, Song was loaned out twice to West Ham and spent two years with the Spanish giants. He left Arsenal for Barcelona to be influential for the Spanish giants, but just like his former teammate at Arsenal, he and Cesc Fabregas
weren’t the players they once were at Arsenal.