Jamie Redknapp and Chris Kamara have both lavished praise on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song after the midfielder's instrumental performance at the weekend.
The 24-year-old assisted Robin Van Persie's superb winner for Arsenal against Everton on Saturday, and although the Dutchman has rightly earned the vast majority of the acclaim for his stunning goal, the aforementioned duo intimate Song was superb throughout their keenly fought match against David Moyes' side.
Redknapp suggests Song is thriving on the added responsibility at Arsenal following the summer sale of Cesc Fabregas, indicating the Cameroonian international has emerged as a crucial performer for Arsene Wenger. The Sky Sports pundit believes the execution of the pass to Van Persie is worthy of comparison with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.
"Lots of talk about the art of volleying, but come on people! What about that pass from Alex Song? The weight and execution of the delivery for Robin Van Persie was stunning." Redknapp told the Daily Mail in response to Arsenal's winner at the Emirates on Saturday.
"If Iniesta or Xavi had done it, we would be having a street party. And on the day Fabregas scored Barcelona's clinching goal in Spain, Song showed he may have learned something from an old (Arsenal) team-mate."
Meanwhile Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara was equally fulsome in his praise of the tough-tackling midfielder, intimating Song has played a major role in Arsenal's recent revival. Since their well-documented nadir at Old Trafford earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger's side have embarked on a superb run of form to belie their previously numerous detractors.
Kamara suggests the Arsenal midfielder has been a key figure in the recent upturn in form and his vision for the Gunners captain's goal epitomised his quality.
"They've sorted themselves out and Alex Song deserves some credit. It was a wonderful finish by Van Persie, but the pass and the vision from Song was tremendous." Kamara told skysports.com.