Pardew sings Wenger's praises
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew has thanked Arsene Wenger for allowing Alexandre Song to join Charlton.
Charlton manager Alan Pardew has thanked Arsene Wenger for allowing Alexandre Song to join The Addicks on loan from Arsenal.
The 19-year-old midfielder has moved to The Valley to assist Charlton in their bid to avoid the drop and Pardew claims that he managed to see off a number of other Premiership clubs to secure the youngster.
The Addicks boss and his Arsenal counterpart have experienced a testy relationship over the past 12 months, with a spectacular touchline bust-up in November marring a meeting between The Gunners and West Ham - who Pardew managed at the time.
Last March, Wenger also hinted that Pardew's comments regarding Arsenal's failure to field an English player in a European game could be construed as racist.
However the two have now found an agreement that will see Cameroon Under 20 international Song further his experience at The Valley, and Pardew is thankful to his colleague for sanctioning the switch.
"I would like to make a special point of thanking both Arsenal Wenger and David Dein for their help and assistance," Pardew told the club's official website.
"We have been tracking Alexandre for some time and I am positive he will be a great addition to our midfield as we continue our fight for Premiership survival.
"Arsenal received interest from several top Premiership clubs in Alexandre, and I am delighted that he has chosen to play the rest of the season at The Valley.
"He is only just back from international duty, so I'm looking forward to working with him on the training ground as soon as possible.
"We will now have a little more competition for places this weekend against Chelsea."