Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Song admits Barcelona interest but says he’s happy at Arsenal

Alex Song has told Sky Sports that he’s aware of interest in him this summer but insists he’s happy at the club.

The Cameroon international has been increasingly linked with Barcelona in the last couple of weeks with the Catalan press and the Barcelona players laying the usual groundwork for a move.

But Song says while he’s aware of said interest, and refers to Barcelona as the best team in the world, he’s content at the Emirates.

“I am not going to lie if I said there is no interest but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal,” he said. “Barcelona are the best team in the world, and speculation will always continue until the window closes.”

That said, speculation can easily be killed off before the window closes if a player really has no interest in a move, but then no player with a brain closes off options and it’s naive to think Song would, especially given the agent advice he’s bound to be getting.

Reports from Spain this morning suggest Barcelona have lodged an official €15m bid for Song but there has been nothing said from an Arsenal point of view.

It remains to be seen if Wenger would be tempted by another extraordinary profit on a player he brought to the club for £400,000 back in 2006.

Whatever happens there can be no doubt that Barcelona’s interest and intent is very real, but with a contract until 2015 Arsenal are in a strong position to make a decision that suits the club above all else.

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Nickspinkboots

Song’s comments seem positive overall. He committed to Arsenal as much as he could without basically shutting down all options, which, as you said, he’d be silly to do.

Plus, Sky Sports understands that he’ll look to sign AFC extension first, before thinking of any move. It must be true!

Nickspinkboots

Yeah, that was just a reference to the deviously underhanded ‘understands’ they poke in everywhere. Don’t think they know anything, to be honest. But it’s a nice change that someone understands something positive about us!

Parker

I love the way Arseblogger is so respected he clearly has mates on the inside, at least one VERY close to the truth, who tell him everything, and that he knows like Spidey with great power comes great responsibility so he drops little hints in comments and blog posts that those who know can pick up on.

chimasacker

Please get off Alex Song’s back! This is becoming absolutely disgusting. The man has said he is happy at Arsenal, what else do you want? We understand bloggers like you never gave the man a chance at Arsenal when you said stuff like, “he is not Arsenal material” in one of your blogs. The least you can do is to accept you were wrong. This constant attempt to set the fans against one of our most consistent players is unbecoming of you and absolutely arrogant. Alex Song at present earns at about the same wage as Welbeck, yet still plays… Read more »

chimasacker

There you go again with “he was not ready for first team football”. A player who featured at Africa Cup of Nations for Cameroon a season earlier and emerged one of the best players of the tournament was not ready? I repeat you have at many times dedicated your blog to criticizing the young man. This is a player who plays in the AM, CM DM and CB role for our team yet it seems you have very little regards for him. He has kept his options open like Theo has also kept his open. I don’ see you constantly… Read more »

Thomas B

Don’t feed the troll.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla '60

Our first team is a big step up from playing for Cameroon.

Titsan Arse

Chimasacker, I’m not quite so sure why you are getting so emotional old boy. This blog isn’t the bbc. We all know when we read this site that it’s going to be a bit subjective. I wouldn’t read it if it wasn’t. I think there are many Arsenal fans who didn’t think Song was ready at first and im quite sure that there are many more who still do not rate him very much. That’s their opinion. We are all entitled to our opinion, isn’t that the whole point of these sites. If you are going to get upset when… Read more »

Gary

I agree. His comments are quite positive.

If he were to leave, €15m is an absolute joke. Song is worth twice that. Barca really are cheap *****.

agent

Come on. 27-28m – of course, But 30? Nah, he’s not that good.

Glory Hunter

to agent:
Andy Carrol went for £35M and Jordan Henderson £20M
On those 2 basis alone Song is defo worth £30M

Nick

Yeah, but honestly those were inflated English player prices. If Carrol and Hernderson weren’t English I guarantee they wouldn’t have commanded those transfer fees.

Songs worth ~25 max.

DENCHures

@Glory But they were Daglish signings and he is mad as a spoon. TBH I’m not sure he understands metric money…

ExtremelyArsenal

@Agent, imagine if Song was English. How much will he be worth? To me Song, is the best DF in the premiership and if you think, he is not worth 30m pounds, then i wonder who is?

kdguha

Another way to look at it: If Cazorla is worth 15m, is Song really worth any more? Younger, but not nearly as good.

More general point: establishing a player’s “fair” or “accurate” transfer value is impossible. Transfer value is only really what the market will pay.

Gary

@agent

The figures quoted are in Euros…

€15m is roughly £11.8m.
€30m is roughly £23.6m.

agent

@gary: right, my bad, I was thinking in pounds. While I don’t think it’s a good idea to sell him for less than £25m (and even that would be questionable), I also don’t believe he’s worth £30m, not to say whether he is sellable for that. With one more great season and 2+ years of contract left, maybe.

@glory hunter: the crucial word here is ‘worth’, now, you don’t think carrol was worth £35m, do you?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla '60

ExtremelyArsenal,
The simple answer to your question is that Cazorla is worth 30m pounds. I don’t care what we paid for him, we got him for half price. Wengernomics strike again.

It is what it is

He’s worth as much as any club is willing to pay for him.
If I had to buy him, I would’nt pay more than £24m.
If I had to sell him, Id be looking for £28m.
And if it were to Barca, they’d have to cough up £30-35m.

TH

Well he’s bent over, parted his cheeks and is looking coyly over his shoulder. Maybe start looking for a really obvious replacement now Arsene. Before he joins someone else.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla '60

I know something beginning with TH that was bent over and taking it up the arse towards the end of last season.

percyofgod

Look he has an Arsenal DNA. Fuck off Cuntelona!!!

percyofgod

Best of luck Ryo at the DW Stadium http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/ryo-joins-wigan-athletic-on-season-long-loan. I have no doubt you’ll return to the Emirate a much better and experienced player.

DENCHures

Looks like he could teach RVP a few things about respect for the club and fans

srbistuta

Good, but he really needs to stop folding his shorts during games.

Danno

And here I was thinking he just went in for a slide tackle and never fixed them.

Ref

……NOOOOO!!., I like his big strong thighs.

ExtremelyArsenal

@Srbistuta, and how does that affect you…It’s his style. Learn to live with it

goooooonaaaarr

I think the shorts shorts are so he can stretch further during a standing tackle? I really don’t know but I prefer to think it serves a purpose lol

Gunnerbattalion

I will get downvoted so hard for this but:

I don’t really rate Song as a DM for us. He’s not disciplined enough to play that role. And let’s not kid ourselves, he’s not Yaya Toure. I’d rather have a REAL DM like M’Vila (if Arsene can overhaul his temper) or Le Coq or Frimpong (when he’s fit).

Lettra

I trust you hadn’t even heard of M’vila until earlier this year.
Case of grass is greener on the other side. Wiith Cazorla in our team , the need for Song to create will not be as great as last yer. And unless he decides to roll his thumbs instead i expect him to spend more time defending something he is also very good at.

Forza Gunners

Honestly, your concept of DM has died, like all jobs in the world today you got to be an all rounder, have a specialism by all means, mentality wise, skill wise or set piece etc.., but if you just gonna tackle and pass sideways to the attacking man, you are pointless cos all the oppo will do is target the AM, and snap into him. As we are rarely under attack as per usual, you’would have a player just sat on the pitch protecting the back four who aren’t getting attacked, what is the point of him? Yaya Toure Carrick… Read more »

byrdgang

whoever told u that pirlo is a dm lied to you, he is a playmaker….just like arteta who people believe is a dm,when he is a playmaker……..there are two types of playmakers,deepsitting ones like pirlo and the ones that play closer to the striker like cazorla

lordgunner

pirlo isnt a DM , no idea where you get this, he is a deep lying playmaker,

gunner_expat

Song does what Wenger Says. You’re a chump to think otherwise.

We had problems last year in the creative midfield department (lost 4 players…fab, jack, diabs, and…that c*nt).

You should be commending Song for stepping up, and showing another side of his game, rather than wishing for a total unknown quantity. 11 assists!

Seriously stop annoying people, specially when you know you’re annoying.

ExtremelyArsenal

@GunnerBattalion, for your information, if Song had been a DM like Mikel of chelsea, we would not have qualified for the champs league, and yes, i said so. He has 13 fucking assists. Give the man some credit..

Gutbukkit Deffrolla '60

That opinion based on a season carefully monitoring him? Pity it was the season when he was asked to put more effort into going forward than defending. If it wasn’t for that you might be onto something.

Lettra

That’s more like it.

victdot

Song that great,it will be a step aback if we lose our most creative player last season and we know no replacement can fit in immediately

Naija Gunner

At least he has respect and loyalty for the Arsenal compared to that grey haired guy called p€r$i£!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

To be strictly honest, Song has been singing almost the exact words RVP was singing for the last couple of years before he turned on us. It was all camouflage when RVP did it, and if the right offer comes along then Song will probably be off if Arsenal let him. The real hope is that if it happens that he will go with more dignity and respect for the club than RVP has shown. Having said that, I hope Barcelona fail to lure him away. I’d like to see him stay and improve with us rather than some other… Read more »

DC

Wonder if the contract negotiations are happening now? If so, it is a useful time to have another club inquire after you…

Lettra

Yes , but i really wonder how he pulled of getting no less than three Barcacunts bigging him up publicly. If he was going it will suit as way better if it wasn’t this year and him as well as a shorter contract would mean a Higher salary.

Jasonissimo

Like that lot needs a encouragement to tap up a player? I’m sure they are hard-wired.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

They get performance bonuses for a successful regulation-avoiding tap up.

Merlin's Panini

typical I post on this subject in the previous article and it appears on here just before I click submit!
Ho hum. Well, I’m glad he’s said something, and it’s more or less what we wanted to hear. Sky Sports said something about him wanting a new contract though there are no quotes. I’m not sure where they got that information but would hope that it’s true.

Dolgion Ch.

Well this Song’s words are music to my ears.

Ref

In your face barcelona!, in your mothercuntin’ face. Not everyone is dying to join you.
………..
But if denilson is then by all means

AMURICAH

As if they need more players that only pass sideways…

Dean '67

In denilsons mind, every ‘sideway pass’ = a pre -assist. He’s a very confident guy.

liz2

Dear Barcelona,
Just because you have UEFA eating from the palm of your hand doesn’t mean we have to. Please go fuck in the offward direction.

David

Gunner battalion why not have song amd m villa everyone always says one is better then the other to win leagues you need two DMS all the time pushing each other. I don’t think it’s him not being a dm I think it was wenger asking him to play more advanced due to the lack of drive creativity. It showed when rosicky came good at end of the seaso when u create u can’t just do it stand still it’s with movement which is why cesc is so good. Cazorla looks the real deal so with this and the return… Read more »

Charlie

Continuity is very important and I hope that he stays. However with all cards in our hands, and with Arsene playing the poker, I feel very comfortable about this situation whatever happens.

Dolgion Ch.

Song is a good player who has some important qualities. He has an eye for a pass, has good balance and doesn’t lose the ball most of the time. He can defend and protect the back four but can also go forward. He has a strong overall game, and with Cazorla now taking on the creative playmaking duties, he will be more focused on the defensive aspect of his game. I’d say if you look at his improvements over the past years, you can see that he’s only going to get better. He’s 24 years old, so he will most… Read more »

srbistuta

Good points.
Song has been really important player in past few years.
His spell at Charlton shaped him to midfielder and he continued to progress with us.
The only knock I have with his is that he won’t shoot even if his life is threatened! For crying out loud crack one Alex!
This and he tends to be a bit adventurous in the opposition half leaving our high line without support. Arteta/Rosicky/Ramsey/Diaby/Coq/Jack have to cover for him when he wonders on forward.

Dean '67

Let’s all laugh at barcelona. The manager, the stadium, the players, the staff and their close relative the UEFA.

Nil

He says “speculation will always be there till the transfer window closes”… So its just speculation with no substance!! thats alright with me

John

I think that he’s a very, very strong player and it’s nice to hear one of our more pivotal players actually say the words “I am happy at Arsenal”. However, I feel Song is replaceable and with 3 years on his contract we could do worse than to see how highly Barca value the player as long as the money is reinvested in a solid CDM.

gooner

He once talked about how Arsenal was his barca. His dream club amid some talk of interest from inter. Now the barca mouthy cunts start yawning and most fans are quick to jump on his back. Not even when he says he’s happy and the fact rumours will always be there. Even if he had quotes on signing a new deal i bet the same fans would beat him with that stick. Take a good look at how hard it is to shake off that scapegoat tag Mr. Ramsey. Even if you become better than messi, there will always be… Read more »

Forza Gunners

is it too early to say Wenger knows…

iggypup

if you listen to wenger, he never knows until the ink is dry…

Voldermort

Am used to us selling players now, it’s a yearly occurance, only difference now is that we have bought real quality replacements this time around. If barca keep knocking and song shows willing then not to bothered if he goes as long as the club continues its policy of buying adequate and quality replacements. Losing players isnt ideal that’s obvious but ide rather have settled players with a desire to win things at arsenal than those with an eye on the pound note that other clubs have to offer. So far song has said the right things so he has… Read more »

Marty

I think Song deserve a new contract. He is established, constantly well performing player ( like Kos or Bac). His commitment shows that and also his presence in the dressing room makes team stronger. Forget about M´Villa and don´t forget we have the back up players like Ramsey, Coquelin, Frimpong,This is bunch of quality players, which are in my opinion a bit underestimated and they didn´t get much credit like they deserve. So overall I think we don´t have to be worried with the midfield. I personally think we don´t even need Sahin. We already have Santi and with Wilshere… Read more »

Dolgion Ch.

Agreed, we should get him to sign a new contract, ideally this summer or next. We need the continuity and keep our first team players (as long as they are happy to play for Arsenal), so this is something worth spending on. Also, an extension would be important with Barca’s tappy uppy antics come next summer. Same with Walcott. If he wants 100k, then I’d be ok with that. After the excellent business this summer, we need to look at tying the core players of the squad down for the long term, which would be more efficient money-wise than losing… Read more »

tinomuvonga

I am a big fan of Song, so I don’t want to see him leave. The club might have/find reasons to let him go, but the fact that he was purchased for 400000 and would be sold for millions can’t be one of the them. I think it’s misleading to look at that way. It is much more realistic to look at the cost of Song over the life of his Arsenal career. He doesn’t play for free and those wages should be included in the players overall cost, since he is still developing. Think of it as a development… Read more »

arsenal_addict

Well another good news in a pretty happy summer (except the Persie storm) sun has been shinning on the Arsenal ground. Song makes mistake from time to time but he’s improving so much year after year, we can only expect these silly misjudgement to go away with a couple of years more and maybe the competition with the Coq will help too… I hate RVP for what he said. It just made we wonder at the time of his statement what would have happen last year if cesc was in the squad and fit? Probaly more goals than Messi and… Read more »

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crypt

‘Stoke City remain keen on Michael Owen’

Good match, considering none of them have played football for the past few years

Nick

Is anyone else sick of the “Barcelona are the best team in the world” title?

Real Madrid won the league last year
Chelsea won the CL

They’re a great team (with Messi) but there are definitely teams out there that can beat them. Arsenal being one of them!

Stephen

We always needed a player who would kick the opposition when required…we have that in Song….however, opinion about him has always been divided…all i know is he is the most improved player in the history of football, in the history of improving…i sometimes cant beleive its the same player who was sent to charlton on loan…
Barca have one less ‘Doll’ to add to their collection…

arsene's bottle of water

Mmm, he’s also the kind of player who would hug opposition as Joey Barton.

I have mixed opinions on Song when it comes to being a hard man. He’s certainly strong as a rock, but he seems a bit naive at times.

Glasgow_Gunner

Barcelona are the best team in the world,,,,Thanks for that !

arshavin

Well, that`s a step forward. The next, and the more important step is what he`s going to do about it. Join them, or contribute in the quest to destroy them.

He stays, fine with me.
He goes, I`ll watch with interest as he sprints to get the ball back within 4 seconds, over 90 min of a match 🙂

arsene's bottle of water

I totally think this will come back to haunt us in the next couple of seasons. For now Song is being respectful, but also he knows he has a long contract ahead. After 1 or 2 seasons a wantaway player can get really unsettled and do stupid things. I think this can silently build up and AW needs to have a replacement ready if Song leaves in the near future. As the profit over his price tag when we bought him, we shouldn’t look at it this way. Let’s not forget the hard work the coaching staff have put on… Read more »

Darren Dein

Hello Fellow Gooners,
You might remember me from the Henry saga, or the Cesc Saga, or the… oh you get the picture. Arsenal treated my beloved Daddy so mean and it meant that I was unable to get the diamond encrusted butt plug that would have pleased me sooooo much. So now I have to make money for myself and as I have no real life skills I thought that leeching off others would be a good idea. I am sure you all understand. That Giroud is a nice looking fella, do you think he would let me represent him?

David

Fucking hate the barca cunts I hate the rat faced messi alves is a cheating hore of a cunt xavi looks incredibly greasy all the time like he covers himself in chip fat. They nicked our captain always try to take our best players for peanuts. They beat us in our only champions league final. All it would take for me to hate them even more would be for the chinless cunt nasri and Ashley cunt to join them it’s like they have a personal vendetta to fuck us over. Jog on you slimy greasy pricks. I watched a game… Read more »

arsene's bottle of water

…and they failed to beat Chelski when it mattered the most! Those… greasy… bottlers!

Jamsey

I don’t think this a particularly positive story as some would suggest. Just the same old story framed in a more positive light due to the circumstances Sounds to me like Song would like to leave and Barca are interested in him. With the length of his remaining contract he is nt in a great position to force through a move so just does nt rule anything out. While i would like him to stay if it was a case of getting decent money for him and replacing him with a proper DM I think the team would benefit overall… Read more »

big black clock

Haters can piss off.

THERE’S ONLY ONE SONG!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yeah, Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing else comes close!

Haven’t we got some good footballers in our squad this season? We might have a good year if we get a little bit of luck. I think we’re due some.

Ebouefan

He said he is happy here. So it’s case closed unless its the club which wants to get rid.

Vish

“I am not going to lie if I said there is no interest but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal,”

double negative spotted.hence there is no interest.

Big Tone

the guy isn’t agitating a move and we don’t need to respond at all if we don’t want to I say bury this story until something more concrete comes out about it! song certainly isn’t irreplaceable but i’d be sad to see him go!! lets hope we tell those despicable cunts where they can stick it!

JN

I know they all have hugely inflated egos but a part of him must think ‘if I go there, how the fuck am I going to get into that midfield on a regular basis?”

NYgunner

Interpretation: “I’d love to go to Barca but they are lowballing Arsenal on their offer so I know I am staying with the gunners”. Its for the best, Alex, you won’t get a game a Barca and the Gunners are on the verge of something special……

Nick

Same way RVP should look at his “offers”. ” Sorry Old Bacon Face, but if you only value me enough to offer 12.5 for me I’d rather stay at Arsenal. Thanks for making up my mind for me…. & I don’t care how much my agent wants his cut!”

Would be nicer to hear more stories like Craig Bellamy & Kaka (rumored) taking pay cuts to go to a team that gave them so much support. Kaka is rumored headed back to AC Milan at a significant paycut to help them out.

damien joyce

Why is it that the tightest bastards in the world barcelona are always trying to lure our players? Why can’t we get Real Madrid interested, at least they compensate with decent fees, I fucking hate Barcelona now and it really pisses me off cos i used to quite like them when Luis Enrique and Stoichkov were starring, but now they just make me sick

Matt

Can someone please hack into Barcelona’s chief scout’s laptop and clear his Football Manager player search settings as its clearly stuck on Arsenal.

Thanks.

sattman

Alexandre Song bought from Bastia 01/08/2006 for £1,000,000 after
2005-06 loan made permanent

Too Drunk To Be Offside

“Barcelona are the best team in the world, and speculation will always continue until the window closes.”

Lol this a great statement. It says that don’t worry I am here, the talk won’t stop though till the end of window.

aaberg77

Hopefully not his Arsenal window…

kiss my arsenal

a paltry 15m euro supposed bid..if only it were possible to bitch slap barcalona right in their cunt face…cheeky catalonian cunts

Merlin's Panini

It is possible. Never stop dreaming

Hurley

That’s the kind of statement Van Persie would’ve made if he had been using his noodle!

“I am happy at Arsenal but I’d listen to offers from other clubs and I want to keep my options open”

RVP – cuntish, arrogant, generally back stabby.

Song – being fairly honest about the situation.

Thejollygunner

Seeing as the comments on this piece of news are essentially about cunts (Barca and their f*cking DNA bollocks, David Dein), how about some thoughts on this: – The FA, so often charge and ban-happy, will be taking no action on Ivanovic after his over-the-ball tackle in yesterday´s “friendly” curtain-raiser. Basically, they´re confirming what we already know, namely that the Community Shield is so pointless, we may as well stop bothering with it (note the poor attendance, nearly 6,500 below capacity at the not exactly massive Villa Park). – UEFA, so often charge and ban-happy (especially where the Arsenal are… Read more »

THEREISBEARCUM

I can’t believe that a game in which the result doesn’t really matter and where fans of both teams would have to travel over a hundred miles to reach the venue wasn’t at full capacity. SHOCKED.

Why exactly should Ivanovich have been penalised in the league for offences made in a friendly, by the way?

Thejollygunner

I´ve got no issue with fans not attending any football match. Indeed, if they´re being asked to pay top whack (20 to 45 quid) for what the FA now class as a “friendly”, then the attendance is quite reasonable. My rant is aimed at the FA. If you´ve been watching football as long as I have, you´ll know that the Charity Shield (as I know it) was traditionally both a curtain raiser for the new season and the first chance for a bit of silverware (over 65,000 went to Wembley to watch Arsenal play Spurs in 1991). It meant something… Read more »

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Absolutely. Give the players in the meaningless curtain raiser the chance to break an opponents leg to keep him out of action for the season and the FA will congratulate you on picking such a clever time to do it. City could be down a player for months as a result of that tackle. All the FA have done is told people it’s OK to be violent in their friendlies as “it doesn’t count”. Fuckwits.

If it’s “only” a friendly then his reckless tackle should lead to him being charged with assault.

Anton

I admit I wouldn’t mind shagging Scarlett Johansson, but I’m happy with the current wife.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

However, as I am ambitious, should Scarlett Johansson offer to pay me a considerable fee for my services I would then have to consider my options very carefully. It would then be up to my wife to match or better Scarlett Johansson’s offer. My wife must show her own ambition if she wishes to continue to benefit from my not inconsiderable skills.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I hope you’re as good as you think you are Anton!

Nick

Reports out of France that Spuds have made a bid of 15 million for M’Vila.

Santos

Ogay

aaberg77

He also stated he wants to go to a CL team and none of them in the PL are interested right now

Sg_Gooner

I am a bit disappointed by comments from lots of Gooners here as well as Arseblog itself which wrote a sarcastic story earlier when the news first broke about Alex Song and Barcelona. On one hand we want a big fee for the most improved midfielder in our side with 11 assists to his name last year (as important as RVP and Arteta in last year’s campaign). At the same time, I read comments that “I won’t mind if Arsene can get M’Villa to replace Song. He is anyway a better DM”. It is easy to make such flippant comments… Read more »

Comedian

you said it right after years of grooming and making the player he is today there is no point in slagging him and saying someone else’s better. Yes it might be for a pay rise but we all know if the players play they will get a improvement on their contract they dont need their agents or themselves to come out ask for more. And why are we frustrated because after all these years of trophyless season where we have done quite well to still be in par among the top clubs in europe, we finally go out and do… Read more »

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