Arsenal Reluctant To Offer Former Midfielder New Contract: Does He Have A Future Under Wenger?

Arsenal have ruled out a move for their former player Alex Song, who is a free agent at the moment. According to a report in TalkSport, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of bringing Alex Song back to the club. The Cameroon midfielder has been training with his ex-employers after being released by his Russian club Rubin Kazan. However, the French boss has rubbished reports that he is planning to swoop in for the 30-year-old midfielder’s signature on a permanent basis, despite confessing that his squad is potentially short at the end of the January transfer window.

Wenger revealed in a recent interview that he would not take a chance on the player he sold to Barcelona by offering him another contract to rejoin the club. He was quoted to have said:

“The situation with him is that he looks for a football club and I allowed him to come here in the afternoon when the training ground is available, to work on his fitness.

“Nothing more than that.”

The 30-year-old midfielder made 190 appearances in the Premier League during his time with West Ham United and Arsenal, scoring 7 goals and creating 19 assists. A return for the out of work ex-Gunner seems unlikely but he could undoubtedly bolster Arsene Wenger’s midfield options going into the second half of their campaign.

The Gunners are currently sitting in 6th place in the Premier League standings, five points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool who occupies the final Champions League spot. Arsene Wenger’s side could definitely use someone of the calibre of Song in their midfield as he is likely to add some ‘steel’ and ‘bite’ during some tricky matches in the coming months.

At 30, Song is definitely not a long-term solution and his acquisition won’t help them in their quest of bridging the gap between themselves and the Premier League’s ‘Top 4’ in the next few seasons. However, the Cameroon midfielder will come in with a wealth of experience and would be able to do a job in certain matches. 

With matches coming thick and fast in the near future due to Arsenal still being in contention in three different competitions, it would be foolish of the Gunners to not make a move for Song in an effort to bulk up their midfield. It remains to be seen whether Wenger has already made up his mind or if he is willing to change his stance about the former Arsenal player in the coming weeks.

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