Alex Song was sought by United, Lyon and Inter before he signed for Arsenal. The talented defensive midfielder had shown such promise at Bastia and after an impressive pre-season trial with Arsenal in 2005 he signed a yearlong loan deal with the north London club. After 9 appearances that season that contract was upgraded and the Cameroonian signed a full contract with Arsenal in June 2006.
Yet his appearances didn’t immediately capture the imagination of Arsenal fans and in January 2007 he joined Charlton on loan.
But Wenger has an eye for talent and even if it is not always immediately apparent when it comes to youth players Wenger is usually right. Song was a prime example as he slowly found his feet in English football. As he began to adapt to the game he found himself involved in more games. The departures of Gilberto Silva and Mathieu Flamini also didn’t hurt.
In 2008-2009 he made 48 appearances for Arsenal scoring 2 goals, one being a memorable effort against Wigan, where he beat several players before coolly slotting home.
Yet it’s this season that he has really come into his own, establishing himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the league and an integral anchor in Arsenal’s 3 man midfield. He has made 17 appearances and played in all but 1 of Arsenal’s first 12 league appearances. His performance at Old Trafford was particularly notable and he was unlucky to be on the losing side as Arsenal, despite being the stronger side, crashed to a 2-1 defeat.
His strong performances have not gone unnoticed, evoking memories of former Arsenal midfield titan Patrick Vieira amongst fans who voted him 3rd behind Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas in an Arsenal.com poll for October player of the month.
Now The Sun claim the nephew of former Liverpool and West Ham star Rigobert Song has signed a new 5 year contract extension that will keep him at the Emirates until 2015.
A source told the paper,
Song becomes the latest in a long line of players to pen new deals with Eduardo, Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Fran Merida and Kieran Gibbs all putting pen to paper in recent months.
The move by Wenger just indicates that how highly he rates the Cameroon international in his plans for the future, attempting to build a team capable of capturing the Premier League title, having failed to do so since 2004.