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.”

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19 Sep 2008