Last August, at the height of the transfer fun fest, Arsene Wenger surprised everyone by sanctioning the transfer of Alex Song.
Off went our Cameroon midfielder to that familiar destination, that is, Arsenal’s Spanish Bankers, FC Barcelona, for a very useful fee in the region of £15 million.
After many senior appearances, Song joined his old team-mate Cesc Fabregas on the Catalan’s substitute bench.
Back in England and beyond, many Gunners gnashed and ground their teeth in frustration (Not me btw).
Meanwhile Arsene tried manfully to complete a permanent transfer for Song’s replacement, Nuri Sahin.
A forlorn attempt it turned out as our old mate, the delightful Jose Mourinho, ensured that the German born Turkish International midfielder, moved to Liverpool on an expensive loan deal.
The common view by many Gooners, not shared by me, was that Wenger had weakened the Arsenal midfield.
A view, that I don’t concur with, because I felt that Song was an unreliable player who went missing when the team were up against it.
A player with a liking for the ‘show-boat pass’, but also with a lack of discipline that often left his team-mate up the creek without a paddle.
So, after just over two months of this season, do we miss Billong, because I have to say, for myself, that we do not!
With Jack Wilshere back on the scene, along with Emmanuel ‘Dench’ Frimpong, I personally think that we are well stocked in
midfield. Coquelin and Diaby (Don’t laugh), add versatility and dynamism to the more technical assets of Arteta and Santi the Genius.
,Long term Tomas Rosicky will add his verve and tenacity to the mix.
Serge Gnabry is coming to the boil nicely and could prove to be a sensation in the second half of the season and Thomas Eisfield is showing encouraging signs of developing into another Freddie Ljunberg and could well get some 1st team exposure in the near future.
Then there is the Arsenal DNA that is Nico Yennaris, who, just like Jenkinson, is developing nicely just under the radar, so not many fans notice him. How many fans consider Nico when they’re talking about squads, teams and formations?
I strongly suspect that Nico gets a run of games, he’ll become as indispensable as our Finnish Englishman rampaging down the right flank.
With those same fans asking ” Where the Hell did he come from?”
Written by Allezkev