Arsenal fans will always feel a sense of regret about the circumstances of Samir Nasri and Alex Song’s departures in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
While Nasri swapped the Gunners for the riches of Manchester City, winning the Premier League in his debut season at the club, Song moved to Barcelona to sit on their bench.
Well, it’s now 2018 and both players, aged 30, have become free agents.
Having permanently joined Turkey’s Antalyaspor just last summer from City following a season-long loan spell at Sevilla, Nasri is currently without a club.
As for Song, the Cameroonian forced Rubin Kazan to release him after the Russian side failed to pay his wages. Things aren’t looking good for the ex-Arsenal duo.
Song’s career has been in a downward spiral ever since he joined Barcelona five-and-a-half years ago, in which time he’s spent two failed seasons on loan at West Ham.
He’s currently training with Arsenal’s squad at London Colney and back in 2014, the 30-year-old seemed to admit he had made a mistake leaving the Gunners.
“I would like to have gone back [to Arsenal] but they didn’t want it,” said Song during his loan spell at West Ham. “That’s life.
“I don’t hold any grudges against them. Cesc Fabregas equally wanted to go back back to Arsenal but they did not want to take up the option to buy him.”
What the future holds for Nasri and Song is very much unclear right now, but recent developments show their careers have now hit rock bottom.
It seems virtually no one is prepared to take a risk on them and according to Sky Italia, the only club interested is Serie A’s Benevento, who have been labelled ‘Italy’s worst ever top flight team’.
Benevento, having lost their opening 14 league games this season, are currently bottom of Serie A on just seven points. Their first win only came on December 30, 2017.
But their league position hasn’t stopped them from opening discussions to sign Nasri and Song, who could join former Arsenal teammate Bacari Sagna.
Nasri and Song have yet to accept Benevento’s unenviable challenge, but just in case they reject, the Italian minnows have reportedly already prepared improved offers.
Talk about a fall from grace.