Wenger rules out Song bid

Arsene Wenger has ruled out a return for Alex Song at the end of the season and he's advised his former midfielder to give it another year at Barcelona.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 07:59 Post Comment

Alex Song: Advised to remain at Barcelona by Arsene Wenger

Alex Song: Advised to remain at Barcelona by Arsene Wenger

Reports had claimed that Song - who joined Barca last summer - was growing frustrated at a lack of first-team action at the Camp Nou and wanted to return to Arsenal.

It was also claimed that The Gunners had a buy-out clause - but Wenger says there was no clause in the contract and believes Song would be best advised to stay.

"There is no buy-back [clause] in his contract," said Wenger.

"He is a quality player and sometimes the players have to insist when it doesn't go well and not change his mind too soon.

"My personal advice for him would be to give it another go and after two seasons he can still make a decision."

On the injury front Wenger confirmed that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could be set for another spell on the sidelines.

The Poland keeper took a kick to the ribs during Saturday's win over Norwich, and having only just returned to Wenger's side following fitness problems, the Gunners boss has confirmed he is being monitored daily.

"Fabianski has a crack in his rib that has not moved, so we have to treat it clinically," he said.

"That means has he pain or does he not? That is day by day."

On Wojciech Szczesny's recent display, Wenger added: "He had a good performance, I was pleased with his focus, with his sharpness.

"He dealt well with the situation that he faced.

"In our job there is only one way to respond, to practice harder and stronger and show that you are ready for a fight, that is what he did."

Arsenal dropped to fourth in the Premier League table following Chelsea's win at Fulham on Wednesday, and the Frenchman is targeting total commitment when they travel to Craven Cottage this weekend.

"We are in a fight where every performance you want to be at the best possible level and we will focus on that on Saturday," he said.

"It is a derby and you always expect a game in London to be difficult so the only for us to deal with that is to focus the way we did against Everton and come out with a strong performance."

Meanwhile, the Arsenal manager praised his France international Olivier Giroud, insisting he has enjoyed a good debut campaign which has seem him claim 17 goals.

"I think you will see more from him next season, and there's a lot more to come from him," he said.

"He wants to do well, he is desperate to do well, but he is not the one who hides afterwards.

"He stands up for what he has done and I feel he deals quite well with that."

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