Saturday, February 09, 2008
Song’s chance to shine in jeopardy
By 1970’s Gooner
Alexander Song had a bad game against Fulham at Craven Cottage some time ago and a lot of frustrated fans got on his back since then. They seemed to ignore that in that defeat the whole team had a nightmare of a game with hardly anyone of the players playing above average.
I had watched him a few times while he was out on loan at Charlton and was quite impressed with his performances in midfield. He was very good in the tackle, kept possession well and could lay the ball accurately to his teammates.
Wenger’s faith in the youngster was again shown to be correct when Alex, although playing in central defence in the Carling Cup games recently, excelled proving that he is indeed worth to be part of this fantastic Arsenal squad.
The culmination of his return to form was the excellent performance last Thursday in the semi final of the Africa Nations Cup.
He protected his defenders very well competing for every ball and when he came into possession he laid it off accurately to a team mate with that characteristic ease which typifies him.
He was, along with his cousin, Rigobert Song the outstanding player of that game.
So it is a pity that reports coming out of Ghana indicate that his participation in the most important game of his life so far, The Africa Nations Cup Final, may not happen.
He got a hard knock on the leg during the semi final win against host nation Ghana and seems unable to recover in time to make it in the final.
It is reported that he did not take part in the important training session today which was the final dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s final. However according to tha coach of the Lions Otto Pfister, Alexandre Song may be "fit". The German explained that the absence of the midfielder from training on Saturday morning was out of "choice" without giving further details.
If Song does not take part he is expected to be in the stands along his teammate Bikey who got that famous red in the semi final for upending not an opponent but one of the stretcher carriers!
Let’s hope that he recovers quickly as Arsenal may have to call upon him now that the squad looks depleted by injuries (picked up on international duty)!