Graham: Samba ‘perfect’ for Arsenal

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Arsenal legend George Graham believes Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba could be the answer to Arsene Wenger's defensive troubles at the Emirates.

Steve Kean is desperate to keep the 27-year-old Congolese centre back at Ewood Park, and has issued a hands-off warning to potential suitors despite the player admitting his interest in a move away from the club.

Linked with a switch to the Gunners in the summer transfer window, 67-year-old Graham now thinks the time is right to try and add Samba to the ranks in north London, with the former Hertha Berlin star a 'perfect' partner for Thomas Vermaelen in the eyes of Arsenal's ex-player and manager.

"You look at the Arsenal back four and they keep changing. Both of the full-backs are injured and they’re playing centre-halves there," Graham told talkSPORT.

"I’d be in for Samba [to help out in defence]. Thomas Vermaelen is one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League and they need to get him back as quickly as possible.

"They need a strong defensive centre-half to play alongside him though, and Samba would make the perfect partner."

Speaking to French publication L'Equipe at the end of last week, Samba admitted he felt it was 'time for a change' after four years in Lancashire.

Both QPR and PSG have been linked with a move for the colossus, but Rovers insist they don't have to sell the player after rejecting two bids from an unnamed club.

"Recently, mentally, it's been difficult for me. I have tried to keep up my levels of performance, but I feel the time has come for a change for me. The club is not changing at all," said Samba.

"I'm resigned to that. I've always put the interest of the club before my own. I've put in so much for them, and always tried to lead by example here, but things have not happened as [the owner] said they would. I hope people understand me."

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