New Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova knows a thing or two about tactics.
Which is Arsenal need to spend more time warding off Barca’s attempts to sign Alex Song than they need to keep the wolves (or Red Devils) at bay from Robin Van Persie.
Song is one of the unsung heroes of the Emirates and for as many goals that Van Persie has scored, Song has made an equal number of tackles and passes.
Arsenal’s great run-in towards the end of last season was thanks in no small part to Alex Song and Tomas Rosicky.
Barcelona know this and want Song.
Arsenal would, perhaps in the light of the Podolski-Giroud signings, miss Song more than they would Van Persie.
Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta have added their own voices to the growing calls for the Cameroon international to move to the Nou Camp.
Speaking after his team's friendly win over Manchester United, Vilanova said, “I don’t like talking about players who are not in our squad.
“There are many players outside of Barca who I like and I cannot talk about them. It would be a lack of respect to other clubs.”
That’s an old Barca tune they hit just before they go for a Song.