Song heading to Barcelona
Arsenal have agreed terms with Barcelona for Alex Song
Arsenal have agreed terms with Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Alex Song to the Spanish side.
The 24-year-old Cameroon international will now travel to the Nou Camp to agree personal terms and undergo a medical, Arsenal announced in a statement on their website.
Barcelona confirmed in a statement the fee for Song will be 19million euros (£15million).
The Barcelona statement read: "Barcelona have agreed a deal with Arsenal for the transfer of Alex Song to the Nou Camp. The fee is 19 million euros
"The Cameroon international midfielder will sign for the next five seasons with a release clause of 80 million euros.
"On Monday he'll have a medical and then join the rest of the squad for the official team presentation at the Joan Gamper Trophy."
Barca, who begin their Primera Division campaign against Real Sociedad on Sunday, face Sampdoria in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday evening at the Nou Camp.
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Hill-Wood said that as directors, "protecting the ethos and spirit" of the club was "a key responsibility", it sounds to me protecting their bank balances is more important than investing in quality players & giving fans value for money.
It now seems Arsenal's 'self-sustaining model' has served Hill-Wood & co. very well, while ticket prices have gone up for the fans. :/
I find it crazy how many supposed Arsenal fans are calling for Wengers head, the man is a World class manager and he has made your club into a success story. There are only 2 clubs who can boast that they are perennial top 4 finishers and CL qualifiers.
Wengers hands are tied and they have been since the announcment of a new stadium and all investment has gone towards the Emirates and paying off the debt. You can tell that the debt has nearly paid off as he has spent a small fortune by Arsenals standards since January, and can only hope once the stadium is completely paid off they can look at increasing the wage budget as that is what is holding you back at the minute.
RVP has waited a lot of time for Arsenal to win trophies and of course he wanted more money as well, who wouldnt when they see players for other clubs with possibly less ability being paid almost twice as much. Alex Song is a bit of a c4nt in my opinion, he has recently come through the ranks and has proved to be a good player but atleast RVP gave you several years. Arsenal are better off without these players who would cause problems within the club and hopefully now with 40million in his back pocket you might just get a couple of class players to fill Songs position and bolster the backline.
I'm a Utd fan and very much respect Arsene Wenger, his philosephy and his style of play. Give him time and the silverware will come back and after all when football in this country collapses every team will have to take Arsene's approach.
He is world class and without him at the club things will only get worse.
RVP to united ya ok.let him go if he dont want to wear the shirt. But Alex SONG is a rock and the backbone of the side . how can you let him go |||||| he will be harder to replace than rvp. I have stopped going over there coz these players dont give a f--k about the club and the directors care less. money money money, thats all they bloody want. how much can i get into my pocket... was offered a season ticket last mth £1420.00 behind goal upper tier . they must be joking .yaking the piiiissssss
i have had enough of it and will spend my hard earned money on other things ......
I can't believe Wenger has sold what I concoder to be his second best player behind RVP. Not only that I think Song was the only holding player they have. People will mention Frimpong and Wenger likes Diaby but the rest of us don't. When Diaby gets injuried again we are in trouble ..plus he's not a holding midfielder. Wenger used to sell his players at 27+. now it looks like he's selling people in their prime. Wiltshire will be next.
Quality, quality, quality, gone. Song should have been the heartbeat of the post RVP Arsenal, young, hungry and with technique and abillity. The Gunners missed him today with a tepid 0-0 draw. Note the 80M buy out clause in Song's Barca contract, they know a good thing when they see it! Take note the Arsenal board, if you want to keep your best players get them to sign contracts that will keep the vultures away. Instead he's gone for a song (sorry, couldn't resist).
Players Wenger has sold to Barca: Overmars, Petit, Henry, Hleb, Fabregas, Song.
Selling Song then keeping Diaby and Arshavin and the likes of Djourou, what a joke.As a gunner im frustrated with the running of this club.Song made Van Persie and Fabregas better players and its a shame whats happening.Wenger and Gazidis are playing with our brains.Song wasnt in his last year and he wanted to stay, so why was he sold especially after losing our best player Persie and with Jack Wilshere who never played last season?Song could play defence too and i bet Barca will sometimes play him in place of Abidal like they did with Mascherano.Arsenal fans have been too loyal and its time to stand up and protest like Man U fans did with the yellow and green scuffs.If he meant to keep Van Persie then why isnt he buying a replacement? I never thought i would say this about Wenger but that fool is a liar and him and Gazidis should go now.Running our club like a chicken business.Pierse Morgan should use CNN to lead our revolt.Enough is enough.
I personally don't blame the players for leaving, why would they want to stay at a club with no real ambition in winning trophies?
I have no faith in the present structure at our club any more.
Now Arsenal fans, are you going to say that he is doing it for the money now?
It is going to take some time before we see that Arsenal club with the vision and fluent passing that I always enjoyed watching.