Arsene Wenger sold the Cameroon international to Barcelona this summer, amid speculation that the player was asking for a pay increase.
However, the African battler has stated that he was eager to sign a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium and had not spoken about financial reward.
“I woke up and read those things in the paper and was really surprised and disappointed. I love Arsenal, I never wanted to leave,” The Sun quote Song as saying.
“I was ready to commit my future to the club. All I wanted were talks about a new contract but each time we were due to sit down, the club postponed it. I was fobbed off.
“I wanted a new five-year contract at Arsenal. In the end I got one — at Barcelona.
“I had been trying for eight months to start talking about a new long-term deal but the club kept postponing me all the time, saying ‘You have three years left’.
“I hadn’t talked about money I just wanted to sit down and discuss a new deal — I wanted to commit my career to the club I loved.
“Then out of the blue, Barcelona came in for me.
“And, suddenly, I was wanted by the biggest club in the world and they wanted to give me a five-year deal,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight