The transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona has been completed for an undisclosed fee.

Song joined Arsenal in 2005 from French side SC Bastia, initially on loan, and his move was made permanent a year later. He went on to make a total of 204 appearances for the Gunners.

The 24-year-old, who played predominantly as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal, was also an able deputy in defence when required. He demonstrated his offensive qualities last season too, providing 14 assists in all competitions and scoring once.

A Cameroon international, Song has represented his country in the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was also part of the Cameroon squad to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Alex for his contribution to the Club and wish him the best of luck for the future.

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