Alex Song: I wanted to stay at Arsenal for life

I wanted to stay at Arsenal for life! Song blasts back after being 'fobbed off' by Gunners

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10:49 GMT, 26 August 2012

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Alex Song has revealed he didn't want to leave Arsenal and planned to sign for the rest of his playing days before being sold to Barcelona.

The Cameroon midfielder was slated after he left The Emirates with sources at the Gunners saying Song regularly arrived late for training, took a half-hearted approach in sessions and did not follow instructions from the management staff.

Sources also claim Song’s levels of professionalism had dropped significantly.

Getting shirty: Song has blasted his former employers for letting him leave

Getting shirty: Song has blasted his former employers for letting him leave

Song was distraught by the accusations and claims he was forced out of the club he loved.

He told The Sun: 'I woke up and read those things in the paper and was really surprised and disappointed. I love Arsenal, I never wanted to leave.

'I was ready to commit my future to the club. All I wanted were talks about a new contract but each time we were due to sit down, the club postponed it. I was fobbed off.

'I wanted a new five-year contract at Arsenal. In the end I got one – at Barcelona.'

Song made 197 appearances for the Gunners after joining from French club Bastia for 1million in August 2006 and came second to top goalscorer Robin van Persie in the fans' Player of the Season poll last season.

New start: Song has signed a five-year deal with the Catalan giants

New start: Song has signed a five-year deal with the Catalan giants

New start: Song has signed a five-year deal with the Catalan giants

He approached the club to speak about a new deal as long ago as last November, but was told to wait until the New Year.

The next indication he received was that talks would begin in April, but this failed to materialise and he was told to wait until after Euro 2012.

Song added: 'I had been trying for eight months to start talking about a new long-term deal but the club kept postponing me all the time, saying “You have three years left”.

'I hadn’t talked about money I just wanted to sit down and discuss a new deal – I wanted to commit my career to the club I loved.

'Then out of the blue, Barcelona came in for me.

'And, suddenly, I was wanted by the biggest club in the world and they wanted to give me a five-year deal.'

I loved the club! Song said he would have signed a deal for life with the Gunners

I loved the club! Song said he would have signed a deal for life with the Gunners

Song added: 'I had been trying for eight months to start talking about a new long-term deal but the club kept postponing me all the time, saying “You have three years left”.

'I hadn't talked about money I just wanted to sit down and discuss a new deal – I wanted to commit my career to the club I loved.

'Then out of the blue, Barcelona came in for me. And, suddenly, I was wanted by the biggest club in the world and they wanted to give me a five-year deal.'