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Song extends Arsenal contract

Alexandre Song (left) fends off the challenge of West Ham midfielder Mark Noble.
Alexandre Song (left) fends off the challenge of West Ham midfielder Mark Noble.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cameroon international Alexandre Song signs a new long-term contract with Arsenal
  • The midfielder joined Arsenal permanently in 2006 and is now a regular in the first team
  • The 22-year-old -year-old signed side initially on loan from French outfit Bastia
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(CNN) -- Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Alexandre Song has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Manager Arsene Wenger announced the extension to Song's existing deal on Tuesday night during his post-match press conference following Arsenal's 2-0 defeat of Standard Liege.

"We extended his contract yesterday. That will be confirmed very shortly. He is an important player of course."

22-year-old Song joined the English Premier League side initially on loan from French outfit Bastia before completing a permanent deal in July 2006.

Prior to the 2008/09 campaign he saw his first team opportunities limited, going on loan to Charlton Athletic in January 2007 until the end of the season.

Last season Song, who can also play in central defense, broke into the first team appearing 48 times in all competitions and has since become a regular fixture in the Arsenal midfield garnering plaudits for his impressive performances.

However, the Gunners will have to make do without Song through the early part of 2010 while he represents Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations.

Arsenal's victory over Standard Liege on Wednesday meant they won European Champions League Group H with a game to spare.