Arsene Wenger is reportedly close to bringing Ewood Park defender to the Emirates.
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Arsenal will solve their defensive injury crisis with the signing of Blackburn’s Christopher Samba.
The Gunners resources are stretched to the limit with Thomas Vermaelen having failed to recover from an Achilles injury that has kept him out of action since September. Sebastien Squillaci has since joined him on the treatment table leaving just Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou as the only available central defenders. With the games having come thick and fast during the festive period, the impact of a lack of rotation was laid bare in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Ipswich in the Carling Cup in Wednesday when lethargy was an undeniable contributor to the poor defensive display.
Samba has emerged as the number one target as he is the cheapest out of all the options being considered. With Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill both priced in excess of £15m, the Republic of Congo international is more attractive at around £8m despite being less of a cultured footballer than his rivals. (Sportingo)
Of all the centre backs that Arsene Wenger has reportedly earmarked as a target, Christopher Samba may be the most realistic January purchase. The 26 year old Congolese international has already stated his intentions to leave Ewood Park and as a result lost the Blackburn Rovers captaincy, making a return back to action all that more unlikely.
This source believes a bid is in the offing, and a successful one at that, for the 26 year old no nonsense defender who has been a big his since his move to the Premier League from Hertha Berlin. The giant French born battler would be a very useful signing as the Gunners looks to strengthen their back line for the second half of the season and beyond.
Arsenal are currently sweating on the injury concerns over Thomas Vermaelan and Sebastien Squillaci, leaving the north London club with only Laurent Koscielny and Johann Djourou as the recognised first team centre backs, a position that Wenger does not want to have to put up with too much longer.
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