Alex Song is best known for his defensive capabilities, but his all-round game has come on leaps and bounds in recent months according to Arsene Wenger.
The 24-year-old Cameroonian international's rise to prominence has come as a surprise to everyone, after a memorable week which first saw the midfielder turn provider for Robin Van Persie's winning goal against Norwich last weekend.
Days later he was at it again, as Song produced a piece of wing-wizardry, to assist the Gunners captain in breaking the deadlock against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
"It shows that players need to be given time and confidence," said Wenger. "Unfortunately in the big clubs you cannot always do it.
"He is one of the players who surprised everybody. You wouldn't expect what he delivers at the moment.
"He looks to me also to be a creative player. He was a centre back, but him and Andre Santos are players who look like they could play in creative midfield."
It hasn't all been plain sailing for Song though - the African ace took time to settle into his north London surroundings, but he has gone on to establish himself as an important player at the Emirates Stadium.
"He had periods when he had doubts in his mind, when people would say he was a bad buy or things like that," continued Wenger. "When you are a young boy that is difficult to take but he's got over that. He went through some difficult periods.
"You can talk and talk as a manager but either you play somebody or you don't. That is the best way to show confidence in a player. In the last three years he has played a lot."
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