Posted on Monday, 9th May 2011 by Tony Merakli
Blackburn centre-back Christopher Samba could be on his way out of Ewood Park this summer after revealing he almost joined the Gunners during the January transfer window, according to several sources.
The 27-year-old, who was absolutely immense against West Ham this past weekend, expressed his desire to quit the Rovers after the sacking of Sam Allardyce, but had second thoughts and signed a new one-year contract extension in early February.
However, Samba may look to depart the Lancashire club this summer and is said to be keeping his options wide open. The forceful defender said:
‘Everybody knows that I am an ambitious player. I am at an age now where I want to try to do something. You only have one career and it would be a shame to not make the best of it.’
‘I am happy at Blackburn, but I will study any opportunities that come my way this year. I’m not trying to move away, but of course I would look if it is the right thing for me.’
The defender then revealed Arsenal’s winter approach for his services:
‘I think a move to Arsenal was very close in January, but that is life. You have to continue. If it happens, it happens, but it wasn’t meant to be and football is like that. I committed myself to Blackburn and will always do my best.’
If there wasn’t already enough evidence this season to suggest that the Gunners need to solidify their defence this summer then yesterday’s dire performance and result against Stoke City certainly proved it.
I believe Samba would make a great addition to the Arsenal squad as he has Premier league experience and is a commanding force which is severely lacking in our current back-line.
Arsene Wenger should definitely approach the Congolese centre-back this summer and see what transpires.
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