Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that Cameroonian midfielder Alex Song has a big hand in the Gunners' stunning form, of late, according to an ESPN report.
"I can't remember the last game he didn't play - he is always there. Sometimes you don't notice the stuff he does, the defensive side of the game, but he is always there cleaning up," ESPN quoted Oxlade-Chamberlain as saying.
Arsenal had a bad start to the season, losing 2-8 to Manchester United, after the departure of their two star players Samir Nasri and former skipper Cesc Fabregas to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. However, after their 3-0 comeback against AC Milan in the Champions League, the Gunners have been simply awesome, winning seven consecutive games in the Premier League.
Oxlade-Chamberlain feels that Song is now the new Fabregas for the Gunners.
"Obviously he has been bringing assists to the team as well. Some of the passes he has been putting in, like for two of the unbelievable volleys Robin [van Persie] has scored, reminds me technically of watching Fabregas put those balls through," he added.
Along with being talented, Oxlade-Chamberlain also believes that Song is a very good person as he is always happy and makes everyone smile.
"For a holding midfielder to do that, as well as the defensive side of the game, is brilliant. You can't ask for anything more. He has been brilliant for us all season and he is a really good guy to have in the dressing room as well. He is always happy and putting smiles on everyone's faces - he is a massive part of the squad," he said.
Finally Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played a vital role in the Gunners' impressive win over AC Milan, claims that he has learnt a lot from Song and other senior players such as Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere (currently injured).