Arsenal agree to sell Song

2012-08-18 19:31

London - Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is the latest star player to leave the Emirates Stadium after Barcelona agreed a deal to sign the Cameroon star on Saturday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already lost striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United this week and Arsenal's hopes of a successful campaign suffered another blow with Barca luring Song to the Camp Nou.

The north London club, without a trophy for seven years, confirmed they had accepted Barca's offer for Song just minutes after Saturday's 0-0 draw against Sunderland.

"Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona," an Arsenal statement read.

"Song will now travel to the Catalan club to agree personal terms and undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move."

Barca then revealed they had agreed to pay 15 million (19 million euros) for Song, who will have a release clause of 80 million euros inserted in his contract.

The 24-year-old won't be able to complete his move in time to feature in Barca's opening La Liga fixture against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Song, who has made 204 appearances for Arsenal during his seven seasons at the club, scoring 10 goals, was missing from the squad for the Sunderland clash after Barca made their interest known earlier in the week.

If he completes his move to Barca, Song would be following a well-worn path, with Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Cesc Fabregas having left the Gunners to join Barca during Wenger's reign.

However, while Wenger described van Persie's exit as a "bitter pill", he isn't so concerned about losing Song and he hinted he could sign a replacement before the transfer window closes on August 31.

"We have (Jack) Wilshere coming back now, we have (Abou) Diaby back, we have (Tomas) Rosicky not far away and we might bring someone in."


  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-08-18 23:06

    Arsene Wenger is up for Sale please someone out there buy the Bledi France man before I fire him. I tell u What just taKe him I gave him a free transfer to Sudan. Or where ever.

      id.dennis - 2012-08-19 04:58

      For God sake Y wenger we sale Song agin,this wenger is the problem of Arsenal not brond becos as coach if want player u most get it Big club keep there best player but my club Arsenal sale there own best player if u wacth today macth u we know that we miss song wenger must go !!!!!!!

  • jeandre.esterhuizen.9 - 2012-08-19 00:45

    Proud of my team today didn't take their chances but made many against a team that played negative football Arsenal for life!!!

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-08-19 06:23

    Gettin weaker by the day

  • Uhone Mpho Tshiras - 2012-08-19 17:29

    asernal is going down i say

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-21 14:02

    song's departure again was beyond wenger's control because alex song wanted to football its no use to keep a want away player.

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-21 14:05

    if you think rvp and song leaving the emirates makes arsenal weak,well think again because Arsenal is a very big club,anyone who leaves is replaceable (proudly gunnerz fan) arsenal4lyf

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