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Alex bows out with ‘great sadness’

Alex Song – with Arsenal from 2006-2012 – has explained hsi tough decision to stop playing.

The Cameroonian posted on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my boots.

“My journey that began in Yaoundé as a child, playing with no boots, in bare feet and on hard gravel, gave me the strength and courage to succeed.

“When I moved to France, playing for Bastia I thought I had achieved a miracle. However, this was only the start as my journey continued to Arsenal and Barcelona, two of the greatest clubs in the World.

“So many people have helped me along the way, my wife, my kids, family, friends, my agent, coaches and of course all my teammates whom I will forever be grateful.

“Of course Charlton, West Ham, Rubin Kazan, Sion and Arta/Solar 7 will always remain in my heart.

“Having the honour of representing my country also filled me with great pride. I feel blessed with so many great memories that will remain with me forever.

“Lastly, I would like to thank all the fans who have supported me along the way, I will treasure everything. I hope to see you all again soon.”

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