Ian Wright criticises Arsene Wenger for snubbing Alex Song

Arsenal should've re-signed Alex Song, says Ian Wright. (©GettyImages)

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has questioned Arsene Wenger's decision not to re-sign Alex Song when his side are crying out for a defensive midfielder.

The Gunners failed to recruit a suitable signing to solve a long-term problem position, even after it became clear that the Cameroon international was free to leave Barcelona.

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Song played a starring role at the Emirates prior to his £15m move to Camp Nou in 2012, and that's why Wright is baffled by Wenger's transfer snub.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live the former striker speculated about the 27-year-old's behaviour, suggesting that Song must've done some "bad things" in north London to put the Frenchman off acquiring his services.

The Barcelona outcast still earned a move back to the Premier League though, joining West Ham on a season-long loan, and Wrighty is worried ithat might come back to bite Arsenal later in the season.

Arsenal gossip:

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has ended any lingering speculation over his long-term future in north London by putting pen to paper on a contract that will see him stay at the club until 2018. (The Mirror)

The Frenchman will pocket £80,000-a-week after impressing during his first two seasons at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger keen to ensure that he tied down a player integral to his plans moving forward.

Arsenal have opened contract talks with club captain Mikel Arteta and are willing to offer the Spanish midfielder a year extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Arteta has become an important part of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's plans since completing a £10 million switch to the Emirates on transfer deadline day three years ago, installed as skipper in the summer following Thomas Vermaelen's move to Barcelona.

Arsenal will fail in any attempt to land Barcelona wonderkid Munir El Haddadi in January, as neither he or his club want a transfer to happen. (Sport)

Arsene Wenger has been keeping tabs on the 19-year-old midfielder and holds hopes of one day luring the talented teenager to north London.

Arsenal have received a fresh boost in their ongoing pursuit of Sami Khedira after the midfielder was reportedly given a contract ultimatum by Real Madrid. (The Express)

The World Cup winning German has been urged to sign a new deal with the Spanish giants, or else he will leave the Santiago Bernabeu when the transfer window reopens in January.

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