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Arsenal ready to pounce for unsettled £8 million defender

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Blackburn captain Chris Samba has revealed his desire to leave Blackburn, with Arsenal reportedly set to make their move should he become available.

Samba has been angered by the acrimonious departure of Sam Allardyce from Blackburn and now wants to leave Ewood Park after what he has branded a lack of 'respect'.

Now, according to Metro, Arsenal could be set to swoop for the Congolese next month in order to bolster their threadbare defence.

"If this is the way the club's going to be run from now on, I don't want to be part of it and I want to leave," Samba reportedly told the Sun.

"As captain it's very difficult to say this but I've thought long and hard about it. Nobody in football understands the decision to sack Sam.

"We could have been relegated last year and Sam saved the club, so how can he be treated like this now?"

The acquisition of the £8 million-rated Samba would go some way to reinforcing Arsenal's injury-plagued backline, although Spurs are also said to be interested in his signature.

Arsenal have had their fair share of defensive woes in recent times, with the long-term injury of Thomas Vermaelen coinciding with the departure of three centre-backs from the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger did bring French pair Laurent Koscielny and Sébastien Squillaci to Arsenal in the summer to try to compensate for Vermaelen's injury, but the Gunners have been hit with the news that the Belgian will face even longer on the sidelines than originally feared.

"I would rather say [Vermaelen will return] late January," said the Arsenal boss. "He is short on fitness and we have to build it up. That will take three to four weeks.

"He has started now and the signs are good. But I have been hit so many times with backlash that I am very cautious with Vermaelen."

Arsenal have also been linked with January moves for Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Mamadou Sakho and Ajax ace Jan Vertonghen in their pursuit of reinforcements.

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