Jason Roberts says it will be a huge blow for Blackburn Rovers if they lose the services of Christopher Samba this summer.
The 27-year-old South African international defender has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, but Roberts hopes Rovers will be able to retain the services of their club captain.
"There's no doubt Chris Samba has done well for the football club and he signed a new contract recently," said Roberts.
"I'm sure the club will do everything in their power to keep him, but Arsenal's a big challenge and a big club and you would understand if he wants to go and play Champions League football as much as it would be an issue for us."
Rumours that Arsene Wenger is looking to bring Samba to the Emirates Stadium this summer, has posed the question from some quarters whether or not he is good enough to make the step up.
Roberts however has absolutely no doubts, that the commanding centre-half has the ability to succeed at a higher level.
"I think, at every level, Chris Samba has exceeded expectations and he came here on trial and no-one knew who he was," he continued.
"Five years later you're talking about him having interest from a club like Arsenal, so I think with any situation he can rise to it, and I'm sure he would add to what they have.
"But, first and foremost, as his team-mate I'm hopeful that he will stay."
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