Alex Song spent the 2005-06 season on loan at Arsenal before joining the club permanently in June 2006. A physically imposing central midfielder, he is now beginning to fulfil the immense potential seen in him by Arsène Wenger and to establish himself as a leading member of the first team.
The Cameroon international initially struggled to make much of an impact in his first two years with the club, even spending the latter half of the 2006-07 season on loan at Charlton. Following his return for the 2007-08 season, however, the burgeoning midfielder produced a string of impressive displays during the Carling Cup campaign and in the process served notice of bigger things to come.
The 2008-09 season saw Alex become a mainstay in the side. He appeared in a total of 48 matches and scored two fine goals for the club: a fierce volley at Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Champions League and a defence-splitting individual effort against Wigan in the league. This good form carried over into 2009-10 season and in November 2009 he was rewarded with a new long-term contract.
The midfielder's rise at Arsenal has also coincided with an increased standing in his national team. Now a regular for Cameroon, Alex played a key role for the Indomitable Lions during the African Nations Cup in January 2008 and he is expected to figure prominently again at this year's tournament.
Everton (h) Premiership September 19, 2005, Won 2-0
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