Song Key to Success

Arsenal fans have been crying out for a defensive midfielder ever since Vieira left this despite the fact that Vieira was not a defensive midfielder in the mould of Makelele.  What Arsenal fans have really been looking for is a player to protect the defence and to dominate the midfield.

This season Wenger has realised that to give the defence the protection they need, we need to change formation, and we need to play 4-1-2-3.  The duties of defensive midfielder have been assigned to Song.

For Song to be effective and the formation to work, Song needs to make a sacrifice.  Song needs to play no further forward than 15 yards in front of the back-four.  He did this against Wigan and was very effective.  Very little got past the Cameroon international, so when people analyse the game they will say that Wigan had few chances, but that was because of Song.

We all know that Song is a player who can play further forward and attack the opposition, but if he does this, then we will be left exposed at the back.  His happened against Manchester City and against Manchester United.  

Alex has a job to do and that is protect the defence, if an opportunity arises he can go forward, but one of the other players needs to cover his runs.

The irony of Song’s position is that two seasons ago Wenger stated he did not see Alex as a central midfielder and to emphasise this point he proceeds to play him in a central midfield for the whole season until the last few games when he plays in defence!

Song will develop into a great midfielder, this being the play who was ridiculed by Merson when he played against a Fulham a couple of seasons ago and described his performance “like a fish up a tree”.

Playing in this “defensive midfield” position gives us the solidity that we have been looking for.  Our problem will be in January and February when Song is away with Cameroon playing in the African Cup of Nations.

Posted on September 25, 2009, in Arsenal, Arsenal Players and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I agree 100% and have done for a long time but the peculiar thing is that every midfield purchase that Wenger makes is suited to an attacking midfield position. I think it is clear to most fans that Fabregas was not influential last season because he was given too much defensive responsibility. If there was an effective back-up for Song i would agree with Wenger that we have a squad capable of winning the league but without we rely on him too heavily to make the stars shine, particularly in tough away fixtures.

  2. ha from Riyadh,KSA

    Alex Song wont play the Fulham game on Sat he has three yellow cards. who would cover him

  3. I think if diaby is played in that same role he’ll play well as long as he doesn’t hold on to the ball too long.

  4. i thought u only got a suspension if u had 5 yellow cards, whts it with 3?

  5. oih if song goes senderos centr back and vermaelen defensive midfield

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