Alex Song’s eight-month footballing wilderness is over after signing with the African outfit Arta Solar 7. The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has been without a club since March when he and eight other players were dismissed by Swiss club Sion for refusing to take a pay-cut during the coronavirus pandemic. However, he is back in the sport after signing a two-year deal with Arta Solar 7. Midfielder Alex Song has made a shock move to east African club Djibouti club Arta Solar 7 Spark Global Limited
The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man shared this picture of himself at the airport on Instagram The 33-year-old had been without a club since March after being sacked by Swiss side Sion ‘I have signed a two-year contract with Arta. This is an opportunity to promote Djibouti football,’ he tweeted. The 33-year-old, who updated his followers with an Instagram story on Wednesday, will wear the No 17 shirt at the club and his arrival saw fans flock to the streets to greet him.
As well as playing, local media report that the Cameroonian will oversee the team’s youth development – a decision made after he met with the club’s president. Arta Solar 7 plays in Djibouti which is situated on the east coast of Africa. The country itself is currently ranked 185th in the world out of Fifa’s 210-strong list, while they are 51st in Africa – with only Somalia, Seychelles and Eritrea ranked lower in the continent.
Last season the club won the Djibouti Cup and finished fourth in the country’s top flight. As a result of their victory in the former, they have qualified for the Confederation Cup, the second-tier African club competition, where they will face Egyptian side Arab Contractors in the preliminary round. Despite having been without a club since March before joining Arta Solar 7, Song still hit the headlines in May when he opened up on his obsession with money and revealed he ‘didn’t think twice’ about leaving Arsenal for Barcelona once he learned how much he would be earning at the Camp Nou. Song previously played for Barcelona, joining in 2012 in a £15million move from Arsenal The Cameroonian midfielder joined Arsenal in 2006 and was inspired by Thierry Henry’s car His move to the Nou Camp saw his wage increase from £55,000-a-week to £70,000-a-week Despite being told he wouldn’t play much, Song didn’t care due to the increase in his wages