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Different players but the same saga for the Gunners

With the transfer of Alex Song from Arsenal to Barcelona completed, there is a familiar taste in the mouth for Gunners fans - and it's not sweet.

The Cameroon international has become the second key player to leave Arsenal in quick succession, following the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

Like last season, just as the new season was coming into motion, the Gunners lost two of their star players - Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Aside from Arsene Wenger’s reinforcements this summer, what kind of assertion does it send to the world when a club keeps selling its best players to domestic and European rivals?

To make matters worse, the Gunners and Wenger were not even under any pressure to discharge Song (pictured), who still had three years remaining on his Arsenal contract.

Happy

Van Persie had already expressed his desire to leave, but Song publicly stated prior in the midst of the rumours surrounding his future that he was happy at the Emirates Stadium.

The aggravation from the 24-year-old over a new contract is what sparked a falling out between the player and the club.

Why are Arsenal not renegotiating contracts earlier? And is their policy of not trying to overstretch themselves financially proving to be counter-productive? Gunners fans are not a happy bunch.

The stark reality is that Arsenal are not expected to challenge for the title this season, despite a couple of useful additions to the side. A challenge for a Champions League spot is a realistic goal, but settling for second best is not part of the mentality for the Gunners' faithful.

As long as Arsenal continue to allow their top players' contracts to get anywhere near the dreaded last summer, it will only be logical to predict that the annual woe will continue for the club and its long suffering fans.

By Otonye Young-Harry

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