Those following the African Nations Cup will know that Cameroon have secured a place in the quarter-finals after coming back from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Tunisia.
The result means Cameroon finished second in their group and will face Egypt in the next round on Monday.
But what does this have to do with Arsenal?
Put simply, it means there’s a very good chance that Alex Song will be coming home from Angola early.
Egypt have been the best team in the tournament thus far and are the only side to drop a point, finishing top of their group at a canter. Meanwhile Cameroon have scrapped their way into the quarter-finals after losing to Gabon, squeaking past Zambia 3-2 and stealing a draw against Tunisia.
What’s more, the last edition of the ACN suggests that Egypt know exactly how to beat Cameroon. They defeated them twice in 2008, comprehensively outplaying them 4-1 in the group stages before lifting the trophy with a fully deserved 1-0 win in the final.
I said before the tournament that I wished Song and his Cameroon team all the best in Angola and I still do. But from a purely objective point of view, everything seems to be pointing to the conclusion that his team will be exiting the tournament on Monday.
This means it’s possible he could be available for Aston Villa on Wednesday and perhaps more importantly the home game against Manchester United on Sunday.
With the defence looking a little disorganised at the moment and Abou Diaby’s calf injury leaving us even lighter in the middle of the park the return of Song to the team would be very welcome news. Very welcome news, indeed.
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