Speaking to L’Equipe, as reported by the Daily Mirror yesterday, Song said:
‘I would like to have gone back (to Arsenal) but they didn’t want it. That’s life.
‘I don’t hold any grudges against them. Cesc Fabregas equally wanted to go back to Arsenal but they did not want to take up the option to buy him.’
‘I had been there a long time but won nothing. Every year, we lost our best players – Cesc, Robin (Van Persie), Samir (Nasri). If the club had kept everyone, Arsenal would have been champions during that time.’
Song joined Arsenal from Bastia in 2005 and made a total of 204 appearances in all competitions before sealing a £15 million move to Barcelona in summer 2012.
However, the 27-year-old has now seen much game time in a Barca shirt but says he couldn’t turn down the chance to play for the La Liga giants:
‘I had the chance to go to Barca. And you don’t turn that down. You only get that chance once.’
Song revealed that although he could have played Champions League football in Italy with Napoli or Roma or in Turkey, his priority was to come back to England where he made his name:
‘But my priority was to come back to England. For me and for the family. We feel good here. I have discovered a club that I didn’t know and with whom it is going rather well.’
The former Gunner wants to play Champions League football next season but not with Barcelona
‘Of course. But not at Barcelona. My future is in England.’
Taking this all into account, should Arsene Wenger seriously consider bringing Song back to the Emirates over the summer?
The defensive midfielder wanted to come back to Arsenal and I was very surprised when I heard Wenger snubbed the idea as we currently lack depth in this department of the squad.
Funnily enough, we are currently being linked with a few names that can protect the back four, which makes it even more puzzling as to why we just didn’t bring him back this summer – even on a season-long loan!
Song has been a revelation for West Ham this season and with the Hammers unlikely to seal a top four finish, the midfielder will be looking for a club that will be playing in the Champions League, preferably one in England.
It would make good business sense, and he’s a player that knows the club and playing system inside out.
If his future lies in England, then why not be with Arsenal?