The Rise of Alexander Song

He was lazy, he alway lumbered around, and he does need three minutes to think about what to do with the ball. Of course, he plays for Arsenal. The name is .............Alex Song!Fortunately this was about three seasons ago, when fans and critics alike solemnly declared that Alex, the cousin of Rigobert Song, the Cameroonian defender was the worst player Wenger ever bought.But Wenger was calm, and he seriously didn't know where to play the boy as he shuffled him between defence and defensive-midfield. Wenger even declared after a while that he believes Alex Song is primarily a defender as he doesn't really fit into a proper defensive-midfielder.Alex Song has confessed that he sees himself as a midfielder and had watched brother Makelele do his thing many times and learnt a thing or two by watching him. Song had come in leaps and bounds since three years ago when he went on loan to Charlton. The Charlton fans loved him and he turned on great performances for them. I remember a Charlton fan particularly commented on a forum: Song is mint.Alex Song and his teammate, Denilson was thrown at the deep end of the pool last season and most commented that they are too young and lacked experience to compete with world-class midfielders. But these two midfielders have carried on, due to Wenger's believe in them. They have made mistakes and turned in great performances as well. In short, they have improved and I believe they do occupy opposing managers' thoughts and plans. Alex Song in particular has become almost indispensable now as he is the Arsenal rock in front of the back four, mopping up balls, breaking up play, and providing telling passes. To break Arsenal's defence, you have to go through Song and that isn't easy.I watched Arsenal vs Olympiakos yesterday and I noticed something: Cesc left Song alone and went forward, not once or twice.....but several times in different matches this season (this something that doesn't happen often last season). This means our captain now fully trusts his fellow midfielder to take care of things when he isn't there. Great times are ahead.

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