Alex Song revealed that before last night’s game with Borussia Dortmund, he told Andre Santos he’d score or get an assist, but the Brazilian full back was having none of it.
Song set up Arsenal’s first goal with a marvellous dribble down the left hand side and a cross which the Dutch striker finished with aplomb.
Song said, “Before the game, I said to André : “Tonight I will score or I will give an assist,” and he said: “No chance!” It was that sort of challenge you give each other before a game.
“I had the opportunity, when I saw the space, and I just wanted to take it. I did well and crossed the ball to Robin and he finished well. I’m very happy. Robin is a fantastic player and when he has the opportunity to score, he scores every time. In my job, I just try to give him the ball every time.”
And the Cameroon midfielder spoke of his happiness at finishing top of the group, especially as failure to do so last season resulted in a very difficult first knock-out round draw.
“Last season we dropped some points and we had a hard game against Barcelona – it’s always very good to finish top because when you’re second you pick up the big teams.”