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ON THE BALL: Alex Song (left) in action against Barcelona's Maxwell

IT’S EASY to see what a talent Robin Van Persie is at present for Arsenal. However, it would be churlish to delude the ever-impressive contribution of Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong.

The 24 year-old, simply known as Alex, has been the unsung hero at the Emirates as of late, with the departure of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, many of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s young players have had to step up and Song has most certainly been one of them.

The Cameroon born player started his career at French team Bastia who were at the time playing in Ligue 1.
His versatility for the French team was what caught the eye of some Europe’s elite teams such as, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Lyon.

With Bastia reluctant to sell their most prized asset at the time, they still allowed him to go on loan to Arsenal for season. It wasn’t long before Arsenal signed him on a permanent basis in 2005.

There was no doubt that the midfielder had talent in abundance, but he was still a long way from cementing a place in Wenger’s first team.

A loan spell at Charlton Athletic saw him turn out for the south London-based team 13 times during the 2007-2008 campaign.

It wasn’t long before Song was back in the mix of things at Arsenal.
His ability to play as a holding midfielder and a centre back for the Gunners helped him become a first team player in the 2008-09 campaign.

Since then he hasn’t looked back. Song is now the official anchor man for his team. Despite his defensive qualities, this season has seen the Arsenal player assist seven times in 15 Premier League games. For a defensive midfielder, that is not too bad.

One of his memorable assists came against Everton at the Emirates Stadium. Song produced a delightful lob pass to split the defence for Van Persie to lash home on the volley.

Not fazed by his responsibilities at such a big club, the reliable Song has become an important figure in both league and cup competitions for the north London outfit.

Currently sitting in fifth position in the league and preparing for AC Milan in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, Arsenal fans will be hoping that their team’s central dynamo maintains his fine run of form.

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