Arsene Wenger has told BBC Sport that he is no closer to signing a new midfielder after the 1-0 defeat to Fulham on Saturday.
There was an apparent need for a quality central midfielder in the loss, with right back Emmanuel Eboue playing with Denilson. The Brazilian also had a bad game, showing none of the promise when first signed for the club from Sao Paulo for £4 million. Perhaps he needed a partner with Cesc Fabregas not due to back until next Saturday’s match against Newcastle, Diaby out for 2 more weeks and Rosicky looking to be back next month. Amaury Bischoff will probably not get a chance till next year.
Chance for Song to Step Up
Speaking after the first leg win over FC Twente, Wenger assured fans a new player would come in. “Will something be done ahead of the second leg? Certainly yes.” This comment may have implied Arsenal were close to signing someone but one which has now cooled off.
With a new signing looking unlikely Alex Song now has his chance to show Arsene Wenger a new midfielder is not necessarily needed as the Cameroon ace is set to start in midfield against FC Twente. Song has recently returned from Olympic duty impressing in both midfield and defence having also caught the eye in the African Nations, bringing back a wealth of big match experience.
Song played in a shocking defeat to Fulham couple of seasons ago but now has the chance to show just how much he has improved. By playing in defence Song has improved his reading and understanding of the game and a loan spell at Charlton one and a half seasons ago showed he has a good range of passing.
There is a feeling of a long overdue need for Song to show he is good enough for Arsenal and now is the time to show it.
Born: September 09, 1987, Douala, Cameroon
Previous Club(s): Bastia
Joined Arsenal: August 12, 2005
Arsenal Debut: Everton (h) 2-0Premier League, September 19, 2005