Song – Midfielder or Defender?
Alexander Song must cause Arsene Wenger the biggest headache of all our players. What is this player really capable of achieving, where do you play Song?
It is well documented that Song had a nightmare start to his Arsenal career, eventually moving to Charlton and performing well in midfield. Song returned but was a peripheral figure. Last season saw a comical Song come one as a substitute nearly every game.
When questioned as to where Song should play, Wenger said he was not built to play in central midfield. As if to emphasise the point Wenger played Song as a centre back for the last half-dozen games last season. Was Wenger planning to play Song as a centre back for the 2008/09 season, with Senderos being sent to Milan, this looked likely.
The season started and Song started to partner Denilson or Fabregas. Song looked out of place in midfield, completely lost technically and position wise. The game passed him by, he did not make tackles and contributed little going forward. Wenger had not option but to persist with Song and slowly Song became a rock in midfield. He harassed opponents, never gave up on anything and started to win tackles. He became indispensible in central midfield.
Was Song the answer to our midfield problems? Had we found our new Vieira? Well not yet, but Song was a willing candidate.
Well just to muddy the waters Wenger has again chosen to play Song at the back for the last two games this season.
Where is Song’s best position, defence or midfield? In truth, he is not good enough at this moment to hold down either position, but under no circumstances do we get rid off Song. Song is the ideal utility squad player. Song can step in and do a good job, but not as a regular starter. Every squad needs two or three such players and Song is our man for all occasions.