I must say the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona has caught me by surprise because I for one did not expect Arsene Wenger to sell him. Personally I do not agree with the sale but being an unabashed member of the “Arsene Knows” club, I trust and respect the decision of the manager. There are many rumours circulating around the internet talking about how the Cameroonian was forced out by the manager but I chose to believe that the player himself had demanded a move to the Spanish club. Whatever it is, the move has been confirmed and we should move on from this story.
Although there are many fans who questioned the effectiveness of Song as our primary defensive midfielder, I think that he was one of the best players on the squad last year and definitely one of the better midfield anchorman in the league. Therefore, I do not think that Arsene Wenger has not lined up a suitable replacement before sanctioning the sale. In my previous post, I did allude to this and I am sticking by my observation. The sale of Song will likely precede the acquisition of Yann M’Villa by Arsenal. Already, there are reports saying that the M’Villa to Arsenal deal will be completed sometime this week, especially after Rennes agreed to the purchase of Jean Makoun from Aston Villa. Makoun plays in a similar position to M’Villa and is definitely a like for like replacement in the Rennes side. Apparently a fee of £11 million is being talked about, which is much lower than the £20 plus million that we bandied around at the beginning of the transfer window.
Another player that is very close to completing his loan move to Arsenal is Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin. Although Sahin was thought to be going to Liverpool, Arsenal has jumped in and poached the midfielder by offering him Champions League football. Sahin is not a direct replacement of Song but will undoubtedly add quality to the midfield cover. Looking back on Saturday’s game, Diaby and Ramsey were pretty poor so Sahin would be a welcomed and timely addition.