Arsenal could easily be top of the Premier League had they managed to keep a few more goals out. Injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and the critical performances of Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny have left the Arsenal boss with a bit of a headache.
However, recent rumours surrounding the future of Blackburn Rovers centre-back, Chris Samba, could be the solution to Arsenal’s defensive troubles.
Samba publicly vented his frustration over the new regime at Ewood Park in an attack that even prompted manager, Steve Kean, to strip the Congolese defender of his captaincy.
Despite a kiss and make up session, Samba is still yet to clarify his future in East Lancashire and looks focussed on a move away. The defender, signed by Rovers for just £450k, is in contract until 2014. However, his behaviour could force a move away from the club for a fee of around £10million.
Samba possesses the quality needed from an Arsenal centre-back, in that he is big and strong, able to distribute effectively and scores the occasional goal from set pieces. He is also proven at Premier League level and at 26, would still have a number of years left to give to the North London club.
Given Samba is the wrong side of 25, he may see this as his last chance to make a move to a bigger club. He has been in great form for Rovers this season having capped an excellent 09/10 campaign with an impressive 13 clean sheets as well as 4 goals.
Kean is still keen to ward off any potential predators with a bumper contract deal for the 26-year-old, though it may still be difficult for the Blackburn centre-back to turn down any potential offer from the Gunners.
Earlier this week, Samba revealed that there had been interest from Aston Villa and Lyon but confirmed that there had been no contractual discussions.
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