Belfast Telegraph

Song to keep up Van Persie's supply

Alex Song will be out to supply Arsenal goal machine Robin van Persie with more ammunition to chalk up another wonder strike when Newcastle come to Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The in-form Dutchman executed a perfect volley to beat Liverpool in stoppage time at Anfield last weekend, which kept the Gunners in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

"Everyone knows that Robin can make the difference in every single game he plays. We are happy and lucky to have him in our squad," said Song. "I work well with him in training and I know how he moves. When I have the chance I try to give him a good ball, and if I do that then I know he can score at any time."

While his penalty was not enough to help see Arsenal through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite a 3-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday night - the Gunners skipper having a close-range effort clawed away by the goalkeeper in the second half which would have levelled the tie - Van Persie will nevertheless again be the fulcrum when Arsene Wenger's men look to see off the Toon Army.

It was Song's pinpoint, floated ball into the penalty area which was acrobatically dispatched past Reds number one Jose Reina by the Holland striker at Anfield - and Cameroon midfielder Song intends to deliver more of the same on Monday night.

Despite the disappointment of failure to progress in Europe, Arsenal remain in the driving seat to secure another top-four finish after back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Liverpool.

However, there is not much between the leading sides, and Arsenal could again be left playing catch-up should results go against them over the weekend.

Song said: "There is still all to play for and anything can happen.

"We have a big game against Newcastle, and we know they are also in the fight for fourth place.

"If we win that, and open up a bit more space between ourselves and the other challengers, then we will be in a good position."


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