A statement on the Barcelona website read:
“Barcelona have agreed a deal with Arsenal for the transfer of Alex Song to the Nou Camp. The fee is €19million.
“The Cameroon international midfielder will sign for the next five seasons with a release clause of €80million. On Monday he’ll have a medical and then join the rest of the squad for the official team presentation at the Joan Gamper Trophy.”
I don’t get the signing from a Barcelona perspective. Song is similar in style to Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano. He is not a center half (which they desperately need) and in my opinion just gives them more of what they already have.
As for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger revealed Song had been keen on a move away from Emirates Stadium. Speaking after this afternoon’s goalless draw against Sunderland, Wenger said:
“He expressed a desire to go to Barcelona. It is frustrating, we have learnt to deal with that. I believe as well that the financial potential of some clubs is massive and that makes a difference.”
The Song sale by Arsenal is a different situation than the Fabregas, Nasri and van Persie sales we have seen in the last 12 months. This was a deal that Arsenal obviously wanted to get done. Stories are coming out that Song and Arsene Wenger did not see eye-to-eye on Song’s performance. Song saw himself as a box-to-box midfielder, while Wenger apparently believed that Song left the Arsenal back-four too exposed last year, and that was a big reason as to why the Gunners conceded so many goals.