Alexandre Song has quickly risen up the charts to the number one spot at Arsenal. It wasn’t so long ago when he was situated a distance away from that spot which was currently held by the Brazilian, Denilson. For many Gunner fans, including myself, Song was our best player of December. He put in some stellar performances in the red & white of Arsenal Football Club and deserves every inch of praise that he is getting right now. The Cameroon International midfielder has the confidence of Arsene Wenger and the fans to go out there every single week and help us win the game, he has not disappointed us, and that is for certain.
But how did life change so quickly for Alex? It only seems like yesterday since he had a complete nightmare away day at Fulham in November 2006. The likes of Thierry Henry didn’t have a great game either, but the performance of Song was way below the standards of this great club. Luis Boa Morte and co did everything to their almighty power to bring the young African down. The treatment of the midfielder in the following weeks were above disgusting. How can Arsenal fans say such disgraceful comments about a young player coming through here at Arsenal and starting one of his first games for the club? That is not the way things around the club and fans should be handled, not at all.
He later went on loan to help Charlton get out of their relegation dog fight, but it was always too big of a ask for the youngster. Charlton Athletic did get relegated come May, but the positive state around Arsenal was that he was able to come back with plenty more experience then before. Some people say- with experience comes a better player. Song came back better than before, but he still had much room for improvement. His distribution and control of the ball has usually become a flaw with Alex Song (however he would improve those flaws later on in his Arsenal career). Anyways, it was fantastic to have a player back from loan who could play in the back four or in the midfield.
The 07/08 season was also another quiet year for the African. He did play well in our Carling Cup campaign, particularly against Blackburn in the quarter-finals of the competition. We would later go out of the Carling Cup in despairing fashion against Tottenham Hotspurs, but his displays were something to behold of. He looked neat in the midfield and his distribution was in better shape than a year or two earlier. Come January we saw the transition from a boy to man. Most people say that the African Cup Of Nations held in 2008 was the birth of the new Alexandre Song, ‘The Beast‘. Not many of us were expecting him to play much for Cameroon in Ghana (where it took place), but he did. I suppose that most people were waiting for him to fall flat on his face yet again, but no, he was the spine of the African team along with Samuel Eto’o and Jean Makoun. Now everybody new, he was a defensive midfielder and a rather good one too. His was able to hold off our opponents easier than expected, and he adopted new skills with the ball at his feet. He came back to Arsenal as a new player.
Alexandre Song really made a name of himself in the 08/09 season. It wasn’t a great season for the team it’s self to be honest, but Alex started to make a name for himself at Arsenal, and it wasn’t bad either. Denilson started the season playing as the holding midfielder, a role which Alex Song had desired for some amount of time. But Denilson wasn’t having the best of times in the middle of the field next to our mastermind, Cesc Fabregas. Maybe this was due to the fact that Denilson is none for his defensive abilities. His positional awareness and distribution is fantastic, but he doesn’t offer us much defensive assurance. Song could offer this to out midfield. This prompted Arsene Wenger into switching him to the left side of attack with Alex Song coming into the side. Even though Denilson wasn’t allowed to express himself out on the left it was enough to work for the team and that is what counts in football. Song’s season had just started.
Arsene Wenger had then found out a way of playing Denilson and Song in a central role together, by adopting to a 4-2-3-/4-3-3 formation. It did work and we found a way of playing two brilliant prospects in one side. Who could ever doubt that, it was Arsene’s idea. Alex ended the season on a high was some sensational performance, more noticeably away at Liverpool. The game where our new Russian attacker, Andrey Arshavin, made a name for himself in English football.
Moving onto 09/10 season, he has started a fine amount of games this season and has even pulled off some star performances. You couldn’t count his ‘great’ performances on two hands, that is how far Alexandre Song has come since 2006. His performances against Pompey, Standard Liege (home), Liverpool, United, Spurs and many more have been played to an immaculate standard. A high standard which he has continued week in, week out for Arsenal. In my opinion alone, he is one of the first names I would put out on the team sheet because he performs to high level every single game and is very effective in the role that he plays in. Alexandre Song is player of the month for December, no doubt about it. His performances speak all for itself really.
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