By Jonny Singer for MailOnline 09:57 28 Dec 2014, updated 13:44 28 Dec 2014
- Alex Song joined West Ham on loan from Barcelona this summer
- Midfielder left Arsenal in 2012 but failed to break into Barca first team
- The Cameroonian rejected Champions League football in Italy and France
- Song will play against his former club in the Premier League on Sunday
- He posed for programme with 'Nolan' tattoo evident on his arm
- Ink isn't about team-mate Kevin. but his son called Nolan
West Ham midfielder Alex Song has revealed that he had hoped to return to Arsenal when he left Barcelona last summer, but Arsene Wenger didn't want him.
Song, who has been excellent since moving back to England, chose instead to join West Ham, while Arsenal declined to buy another holding player.
The Cameroonian claims that the same is true of Cesc Fabregas, who also wanted to re-join the Gunners, but instead moved to Chelsea.
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Alex Song joined West Ham after Arsene Wenger refused to take him back from Barcelona this summer
Song and Fabregas, former team-mates at Arsenal and Barcelona, embrace after West Ham vs Chelsea
Tribute to Kevin? Alex Song has a 'Nolan' tattoo on his arm in Hammers programme. but it's about his son
Song and Fabregas were both stars at Arsenal before failing to hit the same heights after moving to Spain
'I would have liked to come back, but
they didn't want me,' Song, who faces his old club for the first time as a West Ham player on Sunday, told L'Equipe. 'That's life. I'm not mad at them.
'Cesc also wanted to come back to Arsenal, who did not want activate their buy-back clause. It was surprising. When I see what he is doing at Chelsea. He is even better than before!'
Song posed for West Ham's pre-match programme against Arsenal with a 'Nolan' tattoo evident on his left arm, comically reflecting his Hammers team-mate and club captain Kevin.
However, he in fact got the tattoo in tribute to his two-year-old son named Nolan.
The 27-year-old also revealed that he could have played Champions League football, but instead opted to play in England, turning down Roma and Napoli to be part of Sam Allardyce's plans.
The midfielder has admitted that he wanted to move back to Arsenal when Barcelona decided to let him go
Song spent six years in north London, and will return to play against his former club on Sunday afternoon
'I could have played Champions League in Italy, with Napoli or Roma, in Turkey,' said Song.
'I could have played in France too, with Marseille. But my priority was to return to England.
'For me as well as my family. We like it here. I have found a club that I didn't know very well but where things are going quite well.'
The 27-year-old, who revealed he turned down Champions League football, has been excellent this season