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Arsene Wenger understands Alex Song’s quality as Gunners look forward to West Ham

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger points as he watches his team play against Manchester City during their English Community Shield soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)


Arsenal hasn’t had the ideal first half of their 2014-15 campaign, but regardless, they find themselves only two points back from Southampton in the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.

Tomorrow, facing fifth-place West Ham, Arsene Wenger could see his squad grab three points against the Hammers that would ultimately push them higher up the table.

Unbeaten in five of their last six league contests, Arsenal have been riding a much-needed streak since consecutive losses at the hands of Swansea City and Manchester United.

West Ham is situated in a superb position, as Sam Allardyce has manned the sideline in what has been a excellent run since August.

While certain players have helped raise praise “Big Sam” across the league, one man, Alex Song, has served a very important purpose in spurring excellent form.

Wenger had the services of Song when the Cameroonian was a part of Arsenal for the majority of his career, and the Frenchman knows the dynamic qualities of the midfielder, despite his lack of consistent playing time with specific teams.

“I brought him here at the age of 17 and kept him despite all the opinions against him.” Wenger said of Song, per ESPN FC. “He developed into a very good player, so you don’t need to convince me he is a good player.

“I think he was a very good player when he was here and he didn’t play a lot when he was in Spain -- you see players like Santi Cazorla who always looks stronger [when they play regularly].”

If there’s been an massive emphasis on the importance of gaining points in this upcoming fixture, Wenger sees otherwise, restricting his attention to outplaying his opponent.

“I don’t give importance to the table at the moment,” he said. “There are 20 games to go. It is very tight and it is down to consistency now.”