The Cameroonian midfielder kicked off his senior career with the north Londoners after joining them as a youngster from Bastia, becoming a first-team regular before leaving to sign for Barcelona in 2012.
Although the now 27-year-old was tipped to be a big part of the Catalans’ set-up due to his versatility and ability on the ball, Song struggled at the Nou Camp, making fewer than 50 appearances in two seasons.
Even though he was linked with a move back to Arsenal over the summer, West Ham swooped to capture the enforcer on a season-long loan, and Song has since established himself as one of the Premier League’s top performers with the high flying Hammers.
Arsene Wenger is said to be among a host of interested managers, and the player himself – who will face his old club on Sunday in the claret and blue shirt – says that the Emirates Stadium will always be in his heart:
“Always, this big family will be in my heart. I’ll never forget because what I am now is because of Arsenal, but now it’s important to play against them.” He is quoted by The Metro.
“We’ll enjoy the game, it’s not easy when you play your old team. I just have to do my job.
“Right now, I’m a West Ham player and will focus on that game. We know it’s not easy, but I will try to help my team win the game.’