Song the Key to Success
At the start of the season Alex Song was regarded as a last resort for the central midfield berth. He had not shown much over the last few seasons to change people’s opinions. In fact when he did play this season there was more frustration than elation over his performances.
The good displays were few a far between, but when Alex played well, then he stood out. In the games against Liverpool and Tottenham away, Song turned into some commanding displays, but there was no consistency.
Over the last six or seven games, Song has been the commanding figure in central midfield. He has grown into a role that even Arsene Wenger doubted he was able to play. He is a strong player, has plenty of energy and harries the opposition. His partnership with Fabregas against Villarreal was the ideal pairing. Alex run everywhere, protected the defence and gave simple passes to Cesc, Theo and Samir so that they go and do the damage to the opposition.
He had managed to move ahead of both Denilson and Diaby in the view of most fans as the ideal partner for Cesc. Clearly this was not the case as far as Arsene was concerned, he decided to drop Song to the bench and played both Diaby and Denilson. What Song had been able to do on his own, these two both failed to do against Chelsea.
To stand a chance against Manchester United in the Champions League, Alex Song needs to play, if that is alongside Cesc in an orthodox 4-4-2 formation or part of a holding pair in a 4-2-3-1, it does not matter so long as he plays.