Posted on Friday, 30th March 2012 by Tony Merakli
It’s a bit of a bold statement by the 18-year-old, who has shone for the Gunners since his summer switch from Southampton, but perhaps an accurate one due to the Cameroon international’s assist rate, which currently stands at eight – the same amount as both Nani and Gareth Bale.
The Ox has been impressed by Song’s contribution this season and says the 24-year-old midfielder is as influential off the pitch as he is on it.
Quoted in The Sun, Chamberlain said:
‘I can’t remember the last game he didn’t play – he is always there. Sometimes you don’t notice the stuff he does, the defensive side of the game, but he is always there cleaning up.’
He went on to say:
‘Obviously he has been bringing assists to the team as well. Some of the passes he has been putting in, like for two of the unbelievable volleys Robin has scored, reminds me technically of watching Fabregas put those balls through.
‘For a holding midfielder to do that, as well as the defensive side of the game, is brilliant. You can’t ask for anything more.’
‘He has been brilliant for us all season and he is a really good guy to have in the dressing room as well. He is always happy and putting smiles on everyone’s faces – he is a massive part of the squad.’
Now let me start off by saying what Chambo has said is 100% true. Song is a massive player for us and has upped his game since the departure of Cesc last summer.
However, I think a lot of credit should go to the man that plays alongside him in midfield for his resurgence, Mikel Arteta.
With the Spaniard sitting in a deeper role than he is used to, doing the dog work in midfield, this has ultimately allowed Song more freedom to get forward and try the extravagant pass.
Has Song filled the creative void left by Fabregas? I don’t think so.
As much as Song has done for us already this season, assisting with eight goals and producing some impressive displays, Fabregas and him are two completely different players. The Spaniard has unbelievable passing range, vision and awareness, composure on the ball technical ability, whereas Song has a great work-rate, strength and desire to win. But I do understand AOC’s logic behind his latest comments.
I for one hope to see a creative midfielder come in this summer and plug the hole that Cesc left once and for all. If Arsene Wenger can do this and sign a quality striker to help out Robin van Persie with the goals, I can see us challenging for the title next season, hopefully lifting it as well!
What do you guys think – Has Song filled Cesc’s boots, or do we still need to address this matter in the summer?
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