Alex Song wants to add another ingredient to his game next season - goals.

The Cameroon international would get many fans' vote as Arsenal's most improved player of the season after cementing a spot in midfield in 2009/10. Song's strength and his ability to break up play and protect his defence have been valuable commodities in such an attack-minded side.

Song has gone from bit-part player to one of the first names on Arsène Wenger's team sheet in the space of 18 months but, as yet, he is not known for his scoring prowess. The 22-year-old managed a solitary goal this season - at Portsmouth - and he'd like to improve that tally next term.

"I feel I’ve improved a lot this season, but I don’t want to settle for that now that I’m a regular in the team," Song told the Official Matchday Programme.

"I know I can do far more, so it’s my job to keep improving now. I should probably score more goals, and try to take more opportunities. People always tell me that I never shoot! This isn’t my main role – I prefer to give a good pass and that’s my first job – but I know there are sometimes chances I can take.

"If I have some space to attack I’ll do it, but you can’t do something just because you want to – you have to consider the team with every move you make.

"Every single player has his job and I know what my priorities are. I know that people might like me to push a little bit more forwards at times but I can’t do that all the time and have to select my moments carefully.”

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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12 May 2010