Ex-Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has declared that his move to Barcelona in the summer was precipitated by the Gunners’ failure to win a trophy since his arrival at the club in 2005.
The Cameroonian central midfielder enjoyed an impressive 2011-12 season for the Gunners, catching the eye with 14 assists in all competitions, which resulted in his move £15m to the Camp Nou in the summer to join former teammate and Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.
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“I’m hungry. I’ve never won anything and I have come here to play many games and win it all,” said Song. “When a club like Barcelona want you you can’t say no. A chance like this only happens once in life and you must take it.”
The 25-year-old did however credit Arsene Wenger for his faith and help in giving him his opportunity in English football: “It was hard to convince him [Wenger] and also say goodbye because he really helped me and my family when I arrived at Arsenal at 17-years-old.”
In Song’s absence Arsenal have begun the season in impressive unbeaten fashion and after their 1-1 draw with Manchester City last Sunday, sit fifth in the table as they welcome table-topping Chelsea to the Emirates in Saturday lunchtime’s crunch Premier League clash.
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