–Arsenal coach praises former Gunners midfielder
Arsene Wenger has praised Alex Song ahead of Arsenal’s clash with West Ham today.
The former Gunners midfielder has impressed in his loan spell at the Hammers, who lie fifth in the table.
Wenger helped mould Song after signing him from French outfit Bastia and is not surprised the 27-year-old has gone onto play for Barcelona.
He said: “I brought him here at the age of 17 and kept him despite all the opinions against him.
“He developed into a very good player, so you don’t need to convince me he is a good player.
“I think he was a very good player when he was here and he didn’t play a lot when he was in Spain – you see players like Santi Cazorla who always looks stronger (when they play regularly).”
Arsenal can leapfrog West Ham with victory and are just two points behind fourth-placed Southampton, but ahead of Tottenham only on goal difference.
With so little between the sides around the Champions League places, Wenger wants his players to concentrate on continuing their fine form which has seen them lose just once in their last eight games.