By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Both Barcelona and Arsenal have squared off with each other in the 2010 and 2011 editions of Europe's elite club competition, with the Catalan giants coming up on top on both occasions.
The animosity between the two clubs have not been made secret; Arsenal have often criticised the way Barcelona conducted their transfer dealings, with Barcelona's extensive use of the media to unsettle potential transfer targets proving a sore point with the Gunners hierarchy.
This is especially so given that the Blaugrana have managed to tempt several key Arsenal players in the past, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and most recently, Song, who made the move to the Camp Nou during the summer.
With Arsenal finishing second and Barcelona finishing top in their respective Champions League groups this season, there is a possibility that both teams will be drawn to play each other in the next stage of the competition, and Song revealed that he hopes such a scenario occurs.
"Of course, I would like to play against Arsenal," Song was quoted as saying by the Sun.
"For me to go back there, where I had seven magnificent years, would be something very special.
"If we draw Arsenal I'd be happy to see the fans again, go back to the club, even though if we go there it will be to get the best result possible.
"Arsenal's a big club, but I think Barcelona's a level above, because of the talent of the players there.
"That's no disrespect to Arsenal, because they have talented players, but I think the Barcelona players are above. I saw a lot of people come and a lot of people go at Arsenal."
With the Gunners currently struggling for form, much of the blame has been laid on the shoulders of manager Arsene Wenger, but Song believes that disgruntled fans should keep the faith in the Frenchman.
"Given all that manager Arsene Wenger has done there I don't think it's normal that the situation is the way it is now," Song added.
"New players have come in and you have to give them time to adapt - and I think that when they have adapted, things will be better."
In contrast, Barcelona have excelled this season and currently lead the La Liga standings by a massive nine points, and Song admits that although he was saddened to have left the Gunners, he had no regrets with his move to the Camp Nou.
"Everything's going well at the moment as we have started the season well," Song reflected.
"You can't say the league title's already in our pocket, but we've taken a big step.
"We're playing well but we can't afford to drop points. I had some great times at Arsenal but I think it was the moment for me to change, to see something else, given the fact I had the opportunity to come to Barcelona, one of the best teams in the world.
"I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I'm getting there step-by-step. Now when the coach gives me the chance to show what I can do, I have to seize the opportunity.
"Barcelona are a team of champions, I think there will be opportunities here. I have five years left on my contract and I know I have to work hard.
"It's up to me to show what I can do. I've improved enormously.
"I've been here four months and, honestly, I'm seeing the changes.
"The fact I'm working with them every day in training, I think, as a player, I will go on to have even more credibility with regards to the season I had last year.
"You have to be here to experience it. We work enormously hard in training, every day we work hard to practise closing down, short passes and movement.
"When the day of the match comes people think it's easy, but there's nothing easy about it. We work hard.
"I'd say they are monsters on the pitch. I've arrived in a team where there are players of the highest level.
"Honestly, the technical ability here is above the norm. When you see this every day in training it makes you want more.
"Every day in training I learn something new, whether it's technically or tactically. There's no comparison."
Barcelona can be drawn with either Porto, Arsenal, AC Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk or Galatasaray, while Arsenal can be drawn with either PSG, Málaga, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
The draw for the Champions League will be made on Thursday.