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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Song

ALEX SONG’S big money transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona has been hailed by former Gunner Paul Davis as “fantastic.”

Song, the 24-year-old Cameroon international midfielder, has signed a five-year contract at the Camp Nou after the clubs agreed a £15m deal, and Davis thinks it is a marriage made in heaven.

Davis, who made 447 appearances for Arsenal during a 17-year career at Highbury, told the Voice of Sport: “For Song it is a fantastic situation. If Barcelona come in for you, you’ve got to go haven’t you?

“He can fit in nicely in Spain. He can play and has a good football brain.

“Song has got good discipline even though he is not an archetypal holding midfield player.

“He’s no Claude Makelele because he likes to get forward a bit but it’s a great move for him as a footballer to be at a club of the stature of Barcelona, and I think he can do a good job for them.”

Song, whose contract will contain a release clause of £63m, passed a medical earlier this week and is seen as part of the club’s new era, with coach Tito Vilanova taking over from the the highly successful Pep Guardiola.

Some have said that Song will struggle to hold down a regular spot such is Barcelona’s embarrassment of riches at the Camp Nou.

Davis, however, is of the opinion that the African will get his chance. “Obviously because of the quality of the players that they have there, he won’t play every game as he would have done at Arsenal.

“But you’ll take that as a player but I think it is a wonderful move. I look forward to see how he develops.”

It is a dream move for the affable Song, who had two years left on his Arsenal contract, having joined the north London outfit as a 17-year-old from French side Bastia in 2005.

He initially arrived on a one-year loan deal, with a £2.75m fee agreed to make the move permanent.

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