Although most people would view Alex Song’s role in this Arsenal team as primarily a defensive one, stats, as they often do, tell a different story.
As pointed out by 7amkickoff on this very site, Song’s numbers are very interesting from an attacking point of view. A glorious assist for Theo Walcott’s fifth against Sp*rs was eye-catching, he set up Thierry Henry for his magical Leeds goal, and he has twice supplied Robin van Persie for his best goals this season.
Merseyside fans won’t like to be reminded but the similarities between the passes for van Persie’s goals against Everton and more recently Liverpool are striking.
Of course van Persie has to take much of the credit, the finishes were sublime due to their difficulty, but Song’s assists deserve a mention and are borne out of hard work on the training ground
“I work well with him in training and I know how he moves,” said the Cameroonian.
“When I have the chance I try to give him a good ball, and if I do that then I know he can score at any time.
“Everyone knows that Robin can make the difference in every single game he plays. We are happy and lucky to have him in our squad,” he said.
And although Sp*rs dropped more points at Everton yesterday, causing Harry to reach TWITCHON5, Song knows that Arsenal will have to continue to work hard for a top four finish.
“There is still all to play for and anything can happen.
“We have a big game against Newcastle, and we know they are also in the fight for fourth place.
“If we win that, and open up a bit more space between ourselves and the other challengers, then we will be in a good position.”