First of all, I can understand why Arsene Wenger passed up the chance to bring Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal in the summer, even though his performances since joining our Premier League rivals have really been painful to watch, scoring and assisting for Jose Mourinho as his team shot to the top of the Premier League table.
Although we could have really done with the former Gunner in the last few months, at the time Wenger decided not to activate the first choice in Fabregas’ Barcelona contract, Arsenal were stacked with fit and talented central midfielders, including Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and the Ox. Who could have predicted all the injury problems we have had?
Wenger should have done more about a defender and a defensive midfielder, but he cannot be blamed for failing to sign another creative player. But Fabregas is not the only former Gunner who wanted to rejoin Arsenal this summer and I find the decision not to bring Alex Song back harder to understand.
As a Metro report reveals, Song says he did want to come back but was not wanted. He is now proving for West Ham, although his game yesterday was not his best, that he could offer Arsenal the strength, energy, work rate and all-round game that we have missed badly at times this season.
But Song also admitted that it was his decision to push for the transfer to Barcelona in the first place because of the long wait for a trophy with Arsenal.
Song said, “Arsenal, is my family. I will see the people that I know well again.
“I would have liked to come back, but they didn’t want me. That’s life. I’m not mad at them.
“I stayed [at Arsenal] for a long time, but didn’t win anything.
“Each year, we lost our best players: Cesc, Robin, Samir… If the club had kept everyone, Arsenal would have been the champions.”
Maybe Wenger wants his players to be loyal as he is to his players, and maybe Song is now realising what a good thing he had. Good luck getting those trophies with West Ham, Alex…