Alex Song’s performances have been reliable this season, so is his commitment to Arsenal.

The Cameroonian has been a key figure in Wenger’s selections since settling into the first team last season and has been rewarded with an extension to his current contract.

Song has mastered the defensive midfield role vacated by Mathieu Flamini’s shock departure in the summer of 2008 and has grown into a vital member of Arsenal’s side this campaign.

Rumors surfaced that the 22-year-old had signed a new contract yesterday and Wenger did the rare by confirming so after Tuesday night’s Champions League victory.

More uncharacteristically, Arsenal’s boss also revealed that the length of Song’s contract had been extended to 2014.

“We extended his contract yesterday. That will be confirmed very shortly. He is an important player.” Wenger said.

“Alex has three years to go, now he has four years to go at the end of the season – to 2014.”

Song joined the Gunners from Bastia in 2006 and has made a total of 96 appearances for Arsenal, scoring three goals.

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