By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes Alex Song can fill his 'problem position' in central midfield on a permanent basis.
For most of this season, Denilson has occupied the defensive role in the middle of the park and the Brazilian has certainly done a competent job. However, after Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto left in the summer, the manager had suggested he may bring in an experienced name from outside to act a shield for his centre backs.
The other option is Song, who had a difficult start to his Arsenal career but, in the last 12 months, he has blossomed into a confident and versatile squad player.
The 21-year-old made his first start of the season in the 1-1 draw in Kiev as Wenger switched from his usual 4-4-2 to 4-5-1. The Frenchman argues his Cameroonian star may be set to stay whatever formation he employs.
“Alex is capable of doing it,” said Wenger. “[When I signed him I liked] his personality, his technical quality, his composure, his strength in the one against one, the way he uses his body in the fight and, overall, his intelligence.
“He is a good centre back and he is a good central midfielder. I believe in him.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 19 Sep 2008