Song: I left Arsenal to win trophies

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Alex Song said Arsenal's failure to win trophies was the main reason behind his decision to leave the club and join Barcelona.

The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Spain in a £15million deal last month, ending his seven-year stay in north London.

Song's transfer had a familiar feel, with the Cameroon international following in the footsteps of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, and Cesc Fabregas, making the switch to the Nou Camp during Arsene Wenger's tenure.

It's a well-trodden path taken by former Gunners stars, who shared the same motivation and desire for success, which is ultimately what prompted Song's departure from the Emirates Stadium this summer.

"I'm hungry," he told the London Evening Standard. "I've never won anything and I have come here to play many games and win it all."

Song is grateful and paid a special tribute to his former boss Wenger, who helped nurture him as a talented teenager and turn him into the player he is today, but reiterated that in football there is no room for sentiment, and that the opportunity to join Barca was just too good to turn down.

"It was in July. Barca spoke with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger came to tell me. It was hard to convince him and also say goodbye because he really helped me and my family when I arrived at Arsenal at 17 years old.

"When a club like Barcelona want you you can't say no. A chance like this only happens once in life and you must take it."

Settling in quickly in his new surroundings, Song has an eye on the forthcoming Clasico with Real Madrid on October 7, where, if selected, he will line up against a familiar foe in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tito Vilanova will be without captain Carles Puyol, who is out with a knee injury, and also has concerns over centre-back Gerard Pique ahead of the clash, with the Spaniard suffering a sprained ankle. However, such issues don't concern the African.

"Clearly, with Puyol and Pique we are stronger but I am ready and I've played against Cristiano in the Premier League," added Song. "I have not just started playing today. I've played over 200 games at Arsenal and I have nothing to be worried about.

"I am not just thinking about stopping Cristiano. What is important is to play and do the job. That is why I have come."

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