Posted on Monday, 20th August 2012 by Tony Merakli
The 24-year-old midfielder became the second big-name player in the space of three days to leave Arsenal after Robin van Persie swapped The Emirates for Old Trafford last Friday.
However, Wenger says the board made the decision to sell Song, unlike the Van Persie deal, where they were forced to sell the Dutchman as he only had one year left to run on his contract.
Wenger told talkSPORT:
‘We had planned for Song’s move to Barcelona.
‘We might bring someone in but we have plenty of midfielders.
‘The situation was completely different from Robin van Persie’s departure. Song had three years to go on his deal. Now he has gone and we have decided that.’
Now I’m probably not the only one that thinks this but Wenger and the club definitely need to find a suitable replacement for Song, as I believe Abou Diaby is not up for the task.
We have the funds to go out into the market and bring in a solid defensive midfielder before the summer transfer window closes, so there really are no excuses if they don’t decide to do this.
A lot of midfielders names have been touted with a move to The Emirates, such as Nuri Sahin, Lucas Biglia and Yann M’Vila, and I think its fair to say that many, if not all, Arsenal fans will want to see one of the aforementioned names come in to replace Song before the summer window shuts.
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